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Children's LiteratureMom 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.