One Leaf Rides The Windby Celeste Davidson Mannis, Susan Kathleen Hartung
In this collection of haiku poems, a young girl walks through a Japanese garden and discovers many delights, from one leaf to ten stone lanterns.
Publishers WeeklyA Japanese girl in a rust-colored kimono tours a temple garden and counts its fixtures one to 10, accompanied by newcomer Mannis's haiku poetry. The book's elegantly spare design fits its Zen-influenced theme: a watercolor on the left, framed in a white border, faces a haiku on the right. The girl reaches for a drifting maple leaf in the first spread ("One leaf rides the wind./ Quick as I am, it's quicker!/ Just beyond my grasp") and Hartung (Dear Juno) places her squarely at the garden's entrance. As she admires bonsai ("a miniature forest"), views a pagoda (with its "five roofs [that] stretch to heaven") and drinks tea in a teahouse, the artist fills in details that trace her pathway before the girl lies down beside a lotus-covered pond: "What do flowers dream?/ Adrift on eight pond pillows,/ pink-cheeked blossoms rest." Notes in smaller type below offer more information (lotus blossoms "represent purity and mirror the soul's ability to reach beyond muddy waters to the sunlight of a better existence"). Little birds and a saucy cat accompany the girl through gently tinted, sweetly stylized paintings. The last spread shows the entire garden, revealing the girl's progression through it. Mannis's haiku act as both a guide to some of the elements of traditional Japanese culture and a useful introduction to the haiku form. Hartung's watercolors combine areas of finer draftsmanship with simple washes; in the artist's hands, the landscape becomes a series of meditative images. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
In her charming counting book, One Leaf Rides the Wind, newcomer Celeste Davidson Mannis shows a Japanese girl touring a temple garden and counting its beauties, numbering them one to ten. Each double page spread treats readers, young and old, to a watercolor scene on the left-hand page and a Haiku, Japanese poetry written in a strict five-seven-five syllable arrangement, describing the watercolor scene on the right-hand page. Oh, the wonders of that lovely garden! One burnished umber leaf sails on the wind while two carved temple dogs guard the garden entry. Three bonsai introduce readers to the art of creating miniature trees grown in pots, while four birds represent the Shinto respect for nature. Five pagoda roofs offer silent homage to earth, water, fire, wind, and sky. Six wooden sandals remind readers that polite visitors remove their shoes before entering the garden's teahouse. Seven sweet surprises tempt the viewer's appetite. Eight lotus flowers and nine koi fish bask in the glow of ten lanterns designed to light the way through the garden. In small type at the bottom of each poem page, Mannis has included facts about each of the garden's fixtures. Acclaimed illustrator, Susan Kathleen Hartung's simple watercolor washes illustrate the varying aspects of the descriptive Haiku and bring the garden landscape to life on the page. Gently tinted, these Zen-influenced illustrations, elegant in their sparseness, compliment the spare lines of verse. This elegantly presented book will earn a lasting place in every young reader's library�and heart. 20002, Viking,
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-This counting book, which follows a Japanese girl as she explores a traditional garden, offers an introduction to haiku and aspects of Japanese culture. The child finds one leaf, two carved dogs flanking the entrance to a temple, three pots of bonsai trees, four startled birds, five tiers on the roof on a pagoda, six sandals outside the teahouse, seven sweet cakes, eight lotus blossoms, nine koi fish, and ten stone lanterns. A double-page panoramic view of the garden at the end allows readers to find and count the objects again. Three lines of haiku are used for each number. Accompanying each poem is a brief paragraph explaining, for example, why a pagoda has five roofs or describing an aspect of the tea ceremony. The book as a whole is elegantly and respectfully presented and the counting aspect is especially well crafted, capturing the meandering focus of a small child. Mannis's simple verses are complemented by Hartung's pleasing and evocative pen-and-ink and watercolor art.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsIn her picture book debut, Mannis uses the underlying structure of a little girl in a Japanese garden as the theme for a lyrical counting book with arresting illustrations by Hartung (One Dark Night, 2001, etc.). The author uses haiku as her format to count elements of the garden: one leaf, two carved temple dogs, three bonsai trees, and so on, up to ten lanterns lighting the way into the garden at twilight. The final double-page spread shows all the previously counted items integrated into the idyllic garden, with the little girl catching the leaf that eluded her grasp on the first page. The thoughtful design includes a full-page illustration on the left-hand pages, the appropriate numeral and the haiku in large type on the right-hand pages, and a related textual note in smaller type at the bottom of the page. This format imparts additional information about Japanese gardens and culture without intruding on the effectiveness of the haiku. Hartung's delicate illustrations with varying perspectives effectively complement the haiku and add touches of visual humor throughout. Just as each element of a Japanese garden contributes to a calming, satisfying whole, the elements of this work-poetry, subtly integrated additional text, illustration, design, and even the endpapers-all meld together into a lovely whole that both entertains as successful poetry and educates as an introduction to several aspects of ancient Japanese culture. Teachers in elementary school classrooms will find this volume useful when studying Japan or the haiku format. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)
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- 8.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
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