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Counting in the Garden
     

Counting in the Garden

by Kim Parker
 
From extraordinarily talented and successful textile designer Kim Parker comes a gorgeous gift book brimming with insects, animals, and flowers.

In "Counting in the Garden," readers count from 1 to 10, searching among the colorful flowers for various creatures hidden among Kim Parker's lush garden scenes.

From butterflies to inchworms, ducklings to turtles, kids

Overview

From extraordinarily talented and successful textile designer Kim Parker comes a gorgeous gift book brimming with insects, animals, and flowers.

In "Counting in the Garden," readers count from 1 to 10, searching among the colorful flowers for various creatures hidden among Kim Parker's lush garden scenes.

From butterflies to inchworms, ducklings to turtles, kids will love to seek and find the insects and animals that crawl, hop, and fly through the scenes created by textile designer Kim Parker.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Booklist June 1, 2005

PreS. Parker, a well-known textile designer, teases a counting exercise out of a riot of entwining watercolor blooms and patterned creatures. Beginning with one cat "purring in the garden," she presents paisley turtles, floral puppies, and more animals, playing in the garden in increasing groups, up to 10. Some of the wild compositions are so busy that children may have trouble initially discerning between flowers and the animals they are asked to count. Still, kids will certainly be attracted by the brilliant colors and garden scenes. Not a necessary purchase but a lovely offering. Pair it with Anita Lobel's One Lighthouse, One Moon (2000), another beautiful beginning concept book. -Gillian

PW 4/4/05 Textile designer Parker makes her debut with this horticulturally themed book that counts to 10, and every page seems designed to elicit an admiring "Oooo, pretttty." Dispensing with conventional garden reference points such as earth, sun and sky, she turns her spreads into two-dimensional bouquets, strewing blossoms, branches and vines of no fixed residence against crisp white space; the casual but firm elegance of the array would make Martha Stewart proud. There's a similar deliberate artlessness in her flower shapes, but her utterly luscious colors-lemon yellows, cantaloupe oranges, lipstick pinks and an evocative range of greens ranging from lime to deep avocado-lend the pages a genuine vibrancy and visual depth. After a few pages, the overall effect is not unlike looking at very nice wallpaper, and the numbers themselves, marked by the requisite number of garden- loving, fancifully-patterned critters bobbing and weaving among the greenery ("4 bunnies finding love in the shade," "5 dragonflies darting between the daisies") seem like an afterthought. For anyone who's slogged through a long, gray-brown winter, however, this may be just the ticket. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
SLJ 4/1/05 PreS-K-This visually stunning concept book is set in a lush, blossom-filled flower bed. Hidden among the blooms are creatures to count, all pulsating on a crisp white background. The lively text embraces descriptive words and phrases like "three dogs frolicking in the posies" and "six ladybugs tiptoeing along a stem." Sometimes it is difficult to see the objects to count on a page because of all the busy patterns in the watercolor art, but children seem to take this as a challenge rather than as a distraction. A lovely addition to preschool storytimes about gardens, animals, and spring.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly
Textile designer Parker makes her debut with this horticulturally themed book that counts to 10, and every page seems designed to elicit an admiring "Oooo, pretttty." Dispensing with conventional garden reference points such as earth, sun and sky, she turns her spreads into two-dimensional bouquets, strewing blossoms, branches and vines of no fixed residence against crisp white space; the casual but firm elegance of the array would make Martha Stewart proud. There's a similar deliberate artlessness in her flower shapes, but her utterly luscious colors-lemon yellows, cantaloupe oranges, lipstick pinks and an evocative range of greens ranging from lime to deep avocado-lend the pages a genuine vibrancy and visual depth. After a few pages, the overall effect is not unlike looking at very nice wallpaper, and the numbers themselves, marked by the requisite number of garden- loving, fancifully-patterned critters bobbing and weaving among the greenery ("4 bunnies finding love in the shade," "5 dragonflies darting between the daisies") seem like an afterthought. For anyone who's slogged through a long, gray-brown winter, however, this may be just the ticket. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This visually stunning concept book is set in a lush, blossom-filled flower bed. Hidden among the blooms are creatures to count, all pulsating on a crisp white background. The lively text embraces descriptive words and phrases like "three dogs frolicking in the posies" and "six ladybugs tiptoeing along a stem." Sometimes it is difficult to see the objects to count on a page because of all the busy patterns in the watercolor art, but children seem to take this as a challenge rather than as a distraction. A lovely addition to preschool storytimes about gardens, animals, and spring.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Positively dancing with fanciful flowers rendered in bright, broadly brushed watercolor, this showcases a textile designer's art with successive scenes of small creatures, from "1 cat purring in the garden" to "10 butterflies flitting among the flowers." Being themselves decorated with leaves, flowers and dotted patterns, the animals blend into their settings enough to offer a series of small but not overly challenging visual puzzles to go along with the counting practice. Though captioned by one-liners that don't always seem to be addressed to children ("4 bunnies finding love in the shade" being the most obvious example), this recalls the art of Elisa Kleven for visual exuberance, and makes a promising young-audience debut. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439694520
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Kim Parker is an internationally renowned textile designer, artist and winner of three prestigious British design awards: The D&D Award (Design & Decoration); the ELLE DECORATION UK Award; and The Observer Magazine Award for best flooring design in the U.K. with her best-selling rug “Mums & Asters” for The Rug Company.
Her high-end collections of designer rugs, wallhangings, bedding, bath, tableware, fabrics, pillows, stationery and Fine Art are widely distributed and recognized in both the United States and Europe under her label Kim Parker Home®.

An exuberant colorist with a highly original style, Kim Parker’s work has appeared in the following publications: HOUSE & GARDEN (UK), VOGUE (UK), VOGUE LIVING (Australia), ELLE DECOR, INTERIOR DESIGN, NEW YORK TIMES Magazine, COUNTRY LIVING, ELLE, GRAZIA & CASE da ABITARE (Italy), THE WORLD of INTERIORS, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST (Germany), METROPOLITAN HOME, THE INDEPENDENT (UK), ELLE DECORATION (UK), THE GUARDIAN (UK), SOUTHERN ACCENTS, OPRAH Magazine, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, WWD, LICENSE Magazine, LAS VEGAS HOME & DESIGN, METROPOLIS and OBERLIN ALUMNI Magazine.

“Counting in The Garden” is Kim Parker’s first illustrated children’s book and has received raves from reviewers such as School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly , and is listed as a recommended book at PBS.ORG / Teachersource and “a fun way to teach children about concepts and math.”

Published by Scholastic in April 2005, “Counting in The Garden” is the inspiration for the author/designer’s new children’s brand--Kim Parker® Kids , which is represented by Scholastic Media for licensing. Parker’s whimsical new label will feature, apparel, bedding, back to school items, giftware, educational toys and stationery, and was recently launched at Toyfair, February 2006.

For more information about Counting in the Garden and Kim Parker® Kids, please visit kimparker.tv.

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