In the Garden: Who's Been Here?

Overview

Christina and Jeremy have been sent to the garden to gather vegetables for dinner. But they quickly realize that they are not the first visitors to the garden today.

There's a slimy trail on a leaf in the cucumber patch, and some corn kernels have been pecked off the cob. Not only that, someone has been snacking on the lettuce leaves! Christina and Jeremy follow the clues to discover which birds, animals, and insects have been in their garden.

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Overview

Christina and Jeremy have been sent to the garden to gather vegetables for dinner. But they quickly realize that they are not the first visitors to the garden today.

There's a slimy trail on a leaf in the cucumber patch, and some corn kernels have been pecked off the cob. Not only that, someone has been snacking on the lettuce leaves! Christina and Jeremy follow the clues to discover which birds, animals, and insects have been in their garden.

Keep your eyes open and join Christina and Jeremy on a scientific journey in their own backyard!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Mom sends Christina and Jeremy into the garden to pick vegetables for dinner. As they move from vegetable to vegetable, they notice signs that they are not alone. Nibbled leaves, holes in the soil, and slimy trails leave clues to the myriad of critters that challenge the gardener for the fruits of their labor. The text, one in a series of "Who's Been Here" stories, draws readers into the mystery as it describes the crop damage and challenges the reader to solve the mystery. Bold, colorful illustrations render realistic portrayals of a chipmunk, a hornworm, rabbits, a slug, a crow, and other critters, as well as garden plants. As Christina and Jeremy complete their task, they find three plates and a pitcher of milk on the outside table. Hmmm? Who's been here? A page describing each garden critter and a bit about their eating habits is included. A great book for encouraging a child's observation of the natural world. 2006, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 8.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-On a summer morning, Mother asks Christina and Jeremy to pick some vegetables from the garden. As the story progresses, readers learn that the garden has been invaded by a rabbit hopping by, a chipmunk eating sunflower seeds, a slug leaving a telltale trail of slime, and a crow pecking at some kernels of corn. There's a relaxed attitude to all this; it's not overtly stated but certainly implied that these visitors are welcome and part of the cycle of nature. The narrative ends happily with Mom offering a plate of cookies and a pitcher of milk, so even the humans get some nourishment. There is a distinct pattern to the straightforward text and to the book's design as well (pages with white space alternate with colorful spreads). While the illustrations don't have the depth of the finest nature paintings, and the renditions of people look a bit stiff, they are attractive and accessible. Not an essential purchase, but a worthwhile one.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060787622
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 958,420
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsay Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of animals, birds, and fish in their habitats. She is the author-illustrator of Maggie’s Ball; Alfred Digs; The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?; and four other Who’s Been Here? titles.

Lindsay Barrett George lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her dog, two cats, and a very handsome duck.

Lindsay Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of animals, birds, and fish in their habitats. She is the author-illustrator of Maggie’s Ball; Alfred Digs; The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?; and four other Who’s Been Here? titles.

Lindsay Barrett George lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her dog, two cats, and a very handsome duck.

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