In Anno's Counting Book, each double page spread is the scene of a growing village developing through the year along with the numbers one to twelve.
Most of Anno's books have no words, leaving you free to project your own interpretation onto the images. I believed that the village in Anno's Counting Book was the same village that Erica disappears into when Roald Dahl's witches lock her into the painting. Anno may be Japanese but the book has always felt very Scandinavian to me.
Next up, I 'd like to get hold of these books:
Anno, from from Yamaneko.org