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Title:
Who is in the garden?
Author:
Rosenberry, Vera.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
A tour through a garden brings encounters with its inhabitants, including wrens, a praying mantis, a box turtle, and more.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
510 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 47529.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 1 Quiz: 33650 Guided reading level: H.
ISBN:
9780823415298
Format :
Book

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A tour through a garden brings encounters with its inhabitants, including wrens, a praying mantis, a box turtle, and more.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. "Come into the garden through this old gate," invites this simple, beautifully illustrated tour of garden life. Bright pages follow a young boy as he spots wrens in the birch, a mantis in the cabbage, a snake in the grape vine, a turtle under the rhubarb, and so on, until he hides himself in the bean trellis. Factual tidbits ("monarchs sip nectar through built-in straws") slip into the poetic text as watercolors, in lush detail and brilliant hues, evoke the delicious, earthy hum of the garden world and reinforce the relationship between plants and creatures. A warm introduction to gardens that can reinforce preschool and kindergarten activities about animals and their habitats. --Gillian Engberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Leafy, verdant watercolors conjure a child-size Eden in Rosenberry's (When Vera Was Sick) sprightly ramble of a picture book. Tucked behind a stone wall surrounding a thatched-roof cottage (the opening vista of an English country garden is sure to delight the heart of Anglophiles), a bouquet of natural delights awaits a young visitor, first seen flitting through the open gate. "Who is in the garden?" poses the text, as readers follow the boy on his circuit of discovery. From wrens that "weave their way, in and out, in and out" of birches to a garter snake concealed in a grape arbor and "wiggly pink worms squiggling all through the dirt," there's much to see and hear. The simple story line comes full circle in a final spread of the boy hiding in a bean vine teepeeDsurrounded by a sort of visual chorus composed of all the aforementioned flora and faunaDto become himself the mysterious "who" in the garden. Rosenberry offers both rhythm ("Listen for songs in the cosmos and thyme as honeybees hum to and fro from their hives") and texture ("chattering birds crack the crunchy, striped seeds"), while her artwork is informed by a naturalist's eye for detail. Delicate, precise brush strokes blend with an impressionist's appreciation of light to create a most welcoming retreat. Budding gardeners may be inspired to launch impromptu explorations of their own backyards. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Who is in the garden? Various birds and insects, a snake, a field mouse, and a turtle, sometimes hiding among the many flowers, trees, vegetables, and fruits. Clear, finely detailed watercolors define the setting of this appealing, sometimes wild garden. The pictures are from the perspective of the garden's explorer, a lively and curious African-American child. The spare text speaks to this child (and incidentally to the listener): "On round, crisp cabbage, a stiff mantis sits so still-so still-she hopes you can't see her. But you can." There is no plot or drama here, just an enjoyable garden tour.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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