One North Star: A Counting Book
Who lives here under one North Star?
Written by Minneapolis author Phyllis Root, and illustrated by Betsy Bowen of Ely and biologist Beckie Prange of Grand Marais, One North Star: A Counting Book explores the plants and animals in Northwoods ecosystems. Vibrant illustrations done in woodcuts and watercolors portray our rivers, lakes, bogs, prairies, and hardwood and boreal forests, along with the flora and fauna that call them home.
At first glance, One North Star is primarily for young children, counting from one to 10 while showing what lives where, each time counting down to one North Star. But Root also wanted the book to grow with its young readers, so an illustrated and richly detailed primer on Northwoods landscapes and wildlife fills its back pages, with facts ranging from the tendencies of river otters to how to find Polaris in our skies.
“My hope is that learning about these places and animals and native plants leads to caring about them and realizing how important it is to protect them,” Root says.
A noble cause, and a beautiful addition to the library of any child from the North.