A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Teaches children about the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical series in which each number is the sum of the previous two. Also demonstrates how different people see the world differently.
Promotes acceptance of people who think or act differently, as well as finding beauty in nature, numbers, patterns, and friendship.
Positive Role Models
Both Leo and Lea see the world differently than their classmates, yet they are accepted and welcomed into the class. They also forge a special friendship with one another.
The majority of the adult and child characters are people of color, including Leo, who appears to be Asian, and Lea, who appears to be Black. Although it's not specifically stated, it seems Leo might have some learning differences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Leo + Lea, written by Monica Wesolowska and illustrated by Kenard Pak (On the Horizon), is a unique picture book whose story, illustrations, and even the number of words on each page teach children about a mathematical series that naturally occurs in nature called the Fibonacci sequence. The book is also a sweet portrayal of two young students, one of whom may have learning differences, finding friendship in each other. Many of the characters are people of color. Notes from the author and illustrator at the end of the book explain more about the Fibonacci sequence as well as how, and why, it was used in the book.
Is It Any Good?
In this unique book, author Monica Wesolowska and illustrator Kenard Pak use lyrical prose and dazzling art to teach readers about the magic of math. Leo + Lea is a stunningly original picture book that both children and adults will marvel over again and again. There are so many intriguing things packed into so few words here, from the soothing rhythm of the text to the repeating patterns hidden throughout, as well as the book's gentle tone and inclusive theme. Add in the frame-worthy artwork, and you'll want to gift it to every preschooler in your life.
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