Nibbles' Garden: Another Green Tale


In this sequel to Nibbles, the adorable guinea pig and his new friend raise caterpillars

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In this sequel to Nibbles, the adorable guinea pig and his new friend raise caterpillars

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
What happens when you lose a caterpillar? Well, of course you might find a butterfly! What happens when you lose six caterpillars? That's exactly what happens in this absolutely delightful tale. When Nibbles, a gardening guinea pig meets his new guinea pig neighbor, Posie, they soon become good friends. They play soccer, go on picnics and love gardening together. One might say they were the gardening guinea pig duo of Dandeville, the town with the tastiest dandelions. So tasty were those dandelions they even won prizes as the most delicious plants around. Of course, the dandelions didn't win the prize; Nibbles, their gardener did. With the help of Posie, the dandelion garden was tended with even more care. But, much to their surprise, six very hairy caterpillars were found eating the prize plants one day. Oh my! What to do? How to save the dandelions? Thankfully, Mr. Rosetti comes to the rescue. Mr. Rosetti, a cafe owner who knows everything about everything, suggested the caterpillars become pets. They did and were the happiest caterpillars in Dandeville. They grew big, bigger and then very big. But then, they were gone. Nowhere to be seen. Lost. Anyone seen six caterpillars? Again, Mr. Rosetti to the rescue. Every page of this story is a delight. With bold font for emphasis, the text is simple and age appropriate. The guinea pigs, wearing colorful giant skirts and shorts, take readers on a delightful tour of Dandeville while searching for the lost caterpillars. Fun, light-hearted and a great choice when talking with preschoolers or early learners about gardening or growing green. Many pages combine the author's illustrations with real life photos. Her illustrations of butterflies have them almost flying off the page. Originally published in England in 2012 as Christopher's Caterpillars. Terrific! Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
PreS—When industrious guinea pigs Nibbles and Posie find six caterpillars eating their prize plants, they decide to keep them. Their friend Mr. Rosetti encourages the pair to give their new pets clean jars and juicy leaves instead of "little woolly socks" and jelly beans. The caterpillars thrive, but then one day, they disappear. The frantic friends hang "Lost!" posters all over town, but Mr. Rosetti helps them understand that "when you lose a caterpillar, you find a butterfly." Though the story offers no specifics about the process of metamorphosis, it is an excellent jumping-off point for the topic. Middleton's sunny mixed-media illustrations are a feast for the eyes, with adorable, expressive guinea pigs and visual jokes tucked into the backgrounds, such as the guinea-pig versions of famous pieces of art hanging in the town's museum. A lovely addition to spring storytimes—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Discouraged by the caterpillars eating the dandelion leaves he worked so hard to grow in his first adventure (Nibbles, 2010), Nibbles and his new neighbor, Posie, decide to keep them as pets. The two guinea pigs make a hysterical list of the things they might need to care for their six new charges and then consult Mr. Rosetti, who knows everything. He sets them straight (caterpillars do not need ping-pong balls to play soccer) and provides them with clean jars for a habitat. The two love their caterpillars and enjoy watching them grow. But they are mystified when, one day, the pets suddenly disappear. The duo makes "Lost" posters to hang around town, but no one has seen the caterpillars anywhere. But then Mr. Rosetti e-mails a request that they bring the jars to his café. When he unscrews the tops, six beautiful butterflies emerge. Nibbles and Posie make new "Found" posters, which are such a hit they get hung in the town art gallery. Middleton's mixed-media artwork is a visual feast of patterns in the backgrounds and clothing; each caterpillar, too, is distinct. The drawings that Nibbles and Posie make of the caterpillars and, later, the butterflies, are childishly and endearingly rendered. While this lacks the science found in many other caterpillar-to-butterfly titles, it has a charm that cannot be replicated. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461340
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 839,351
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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