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One Mole Digging a Hole

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All the animals are busy lending a hand in the garden in this lively numbers book

The parrots are pulling up carrots, the bears are picking pears and a swarm of bees are pruning the trees with their miniature shears. Julia Donaldson’s whimsical rhymes and Nick Sharratt’s hilarious illustrations make this early introduction to animals, the outdoors, and gardening a delight to share out loud. With plenty to giggle at on every page, counting—or ...

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Overview

All the animals are busy lending a hand in the garden in this lively numbers book

The parrots are pulling up carrots, the bears are picking pears and a swarm of bees are pruning the trees with their miniature shears. Julia Donaldson’s whimsical rhymes and Nick Sharratt’s hilarious illustrations make this early introduction to animals, the outdoors, and gardening a delight to share out loud. With plenty to giggle at on every page, counting—or gardening—has never been so much fun!

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Editorial Reviews

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“A clear winner.”  —Bookseller
Children's Literature - Michelle Santos-Graves
A mole, snakes, bears, foxes, storks, parrots, frogs, crows, doves, and bees all take part helping in the garden. With bold, bright pictures, counting from one to ten while working in the garden becomes fun and educational. Donaldson's rhyming phrases with Sharratt's colorful illustrations of animal helpers give a child plenty to learn and discover. The multiple patterns and bright colors enhance the visual stimulation of a young child while the accompanying text of simple rhymes incorporating animals, numbers, and garden tasks help further cognitive and auditory learning. Reviewer: Michelle Santos-Graves
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—From "One mole digging a hole" to "Ten bees pruning trees," backyard creatures busily tend to a garden. Brightly colored numerals appear in the middle of the brief rhyming sentences, along with the corresponding number of animals to count. On the facing pages, Sharratt's vivid color cartoons are bustling with activity. Snakes rake the soil, parrots pick a wheelbarrow full of carrots, and crows water the lettuce patch. The variety of textures, shapes, and patterns in the illustrations adds to the liveliness. The final pages show all the gardeners relaxing in the sun, offering another opportunity for counting fun.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230706477
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 337,703
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Donaldson is a popular children's author who has written such stories as The Giants and the Joneses, the Smarties Prize-winning The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, and The Snail and the Whale. Nick Sharratt has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Children's Book Award for Eat Your Peas; among his other books are The Big Book of Crazy Mix-Ups and Shark in the Park.

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