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A Garden of Opposites
     

A Garden of Opposites

by Nancy Davis
 

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Enter this beautiful garden and see what opposites you’ll find! A short caterpillar and a long garden snake, a closed bud and an open blossom. These delightful images will teach youngsters about basic opposite concepts, and about the charms and wonders of the outdoors!

This simple book has a surprise treat at the end—a gatefold displaying the whole

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Enter this beautiful garden and see what opposites you’ll find! A short caterpillar and a long garden snake, a closed bud and an open blossom. These delightful images will teach youngsters about basic opposite concepts, and about the charms and wonders of the outdoors!

This simple book has a surprise treat at the end—a gatefold displaying the whole garden, with opposites galore for little ones to search for. Plus, sturdy cardstock pages make this book perfect for reading indoors . . . or for taking to the park!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Colorful, bold, simple pictures and text revolve around the concept of opposites. The opposite word pairs are set in a garden theme. The layouts open to a pair of opposites. Long and short are illustrated with a short caterpillar and a long snake; the words short and long label the pictures. Other pairs of opposites include inside and outside the apple, big and little beetles, different and alike clovers, and open and closed flowers. The final page folds out and opens to a garden that provides opportunities for children to find opposites in the yard, such as empty and full baskets of strawberries, tall and short pea plants growing on the trellis, or far and near apple trees. The back endpaper includes some of the opposites found in the garden foldout picture; however, children may find many more pairs of opposites too. Young children may even enjoy practicing their counting as they explore the garden illustration. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

PreS-K

Eight sets of opposites, depicted in a garden setting, include the inside of an apple cut in half and the outside of a whole apple; a big beetle and a small ladybug; a short garden worm and a long snake; a mother bird asleep on a nest and three newly hatched babies wide awake; a closed bud and an open flower with petals, etc. The last page expands to a three-page foldout inviting children to find their own pairs of opposites. Bright, crisp childlike illustrations, with one simple object and one word per page, result in a clean, uncluttered design. An attractive concept book for the very young.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
A pigtailed redhead takes readers through her garden, strikingly simple graphics demonstrating such opposing pairs as a "short" caterpillar and a "long" snake, "inside" and "outside" an apple (with jaunty leaf reorienting itself in opposing directions). Some pairings are more sophisticated than others-"different" and "alike" opposes two pairs of seemingly identical shamrocks in spot-the-difference fashion (one shamrock in one pair has four leaves, not three). The final spread presents the whole garden, with the girl holding butterflies "in" a jar; open the gatefold, and they fly "out," over a scene in which many opposites are cleverly embedded. Despite its apparent simplicity, it's not for the beginner, but a nifty complement to Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Black? White! Day? Night! (2006) for older toddlers and preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385370530
Publisher:
Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
06/26/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

This is Nancy Davis’s first picture book. Her editorial illustration work has appeared in numerous periodicals, advertisements, and greeting cards. She has been honored with awards from the Society of Illustrators, Print, 3x3, the Art Director’s Club, and others.

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