One North Star: A Counting Book

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University of Minnesota Press
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10.7 X 10.6 X 0.5 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of more than forty books, most of them picture books. She received a McKnight Fellowship for Lucia and the Light; Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble won a Minnesota Picture Book award; Big Momma Makes the World won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and Plant a Pocket of Prairie (Minnesota, 2014) won a John Burroughs Riverby Award. She lives in Minneapolis.

Beckie Prange is a biologist and printmaker who has illustrated two previous books, the Caldecott Honor winner Song of the Water Boatman and Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors. She lives in Ely, Minnesota.

Betsy Bowen has written and illustrated many children's books, including Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year; Helen Hoover's Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman (Minnesota, 2005); and Phyllis Root's Big Belching Bog (Minnesota, 2010) and Plant a Pocket of Prairie. She lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota.


"A bright, populous countdown for nature lovers, Midwestern or otherwise."--Kirkus Reviews

" of the most elegant and appealing of the year."--Pioneer Press

"An excellent choice for both young and middle-grade classroom libraries."--Foreword

"A beautiful addition to the library of any child from the North."--Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

"Minnesota librarians should purchase multiple copies of this lovely interactive book. Others should follow suit."--School Library Journal

"One North Star is ever so much more than a 'counting' book. Its wood carvings and rich color illustrations pulled me into this wonderful poetic recounting that explores Minnesota's North Star country. Each page, rich in details, is a beauty to feast upon."--Books for the Curious Child

"A striking and awe-inspiring picture book that poetically counts the wonders of Minnesota's natural beauty and wildlife."--The Picture Book Review

"The University of Minnesota Press, publisher, has given children and adults another engaging, beautiful book to learn from and enjoy."--ReaderKidZ

"There's a lot of great natural history here for any curious child."--Anne E. G. Nydam

"Big, bold, and colorful."--St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Bowen collaborates with Beckie Prange to beautify this counting book with exquisite woodcut and watercolor illustrations bringing to life passages."--Cabin Living Magazine

"Though two artists share illustration duties ... the result is eye-catching and seamless."--Lake Superior Magazine