Over in the Garden

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A one to ten counting book set in a lively garden. This playful counting book introduces readers to a garden and the animals that live there. Sing and clap to the tune of Over in the Meadow, while searching for the hidden numbers on each page!

Over in the garden, mother insects and their children enjoy various activities from morning sun to evening moon.

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A one to ten counting book set in a lively garden. This playful counting book introduces readers to a garden and the animals that live there. Sing and clap to the tune of Over in the Meadow, while searching for the hidden numbers on each page!

Over in the garden, mother insects and their children enjoy various activities from morning sun to evening moon.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
To the familiar tune of "Over in the Meadow," this counting book gets cozy with some ugly bugs. Ward and Spengler (Somewhere in the Ocean) magnify the creepy crawlers, from a slimy, liver-brown "mother snail and her little snails four" to a family of hairy brown spiders that leap toward the foreground through massive stems and leaves: "Over in the garden where the vines and berries mix Lived a little mother spider and her baby spiders six. `Jump!' said the mother. `We jump!' said the six. So they jumped through the garden where the vines and berries mix." Ward provides the song's musical notation and a glossary of larva and arachnids, but her rhymes are pedestrian. Spengler, too, adds extras he playfully hides the numerals in every spread and shows the bugs to come waiting in the wings but the close-ups magnify the creatures to such a degree that they may appear grotesque for some youngsters. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
"Over in the garden in the early morning sun/Lived a mother praying mantis and her little mantis one." So begins your child's garden journey from one to ten—rhyming and counting with frolicking oversized bugs. Children meet many different insects: praying mantis, ladybug, dragonfly, snail, bee, spider, caterpillar, roly-poly, ant, and firefly. Mama insects teach their little ones to pounce, crawl, zip, slither, buzz, jump, nibble, roll, march, and glow. In addition to enjoying the fun approach to learning in the text and the playful drawings, children can search for the number hidden on each page. Three pages of fun facts plus words and music for the song are provided in the back of the book. (The song is sung to the melody of "Over in the Meadow.") Ward, an elementary school teacher, also wrote the companion books Somewhere in the Ocean and Way Out in the Desert. Call up that delicious memory from your childhood of the book with the colorful endpapers and thick slick pages that were hefty between your fingertips—or just go get one of these. 2002, Rising Moon,
— Chris Gill
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This new take on the familiar old counting rhyme features eye-catching garden critters. Bright, bold colors fill each gouache illustration in which giant insects with large, friendly cartoon-style eyes fill each spread. Helmet-shaped ladybugs, fuzzy bees, hairy spiders, a velvety butterfly, armored pill bugs, and five other species mingle with larger-than-life flowers, plant stems, and fruits. Hidden in each picture is a miniature image of the creature that will appear on the following spread and the numeral that indicates the number of creatures on the page. A short appended list of "Fun Facts" includes all of the insects and their families except the spider and the snail. Ward's book compares favorably with other versions of "Over in the Meadow" by John M. Langstaff and Feodor Rojankovsky (Harcourt, 1957), Ezra Jack Keats (Viking, 1999), and Jane Cabrera (Holiday, 2000), and a new version of Olive Wadsworth's original rhyme featuring illustrations by Anna Vojtech (North-South, 2002). While the others feature illustrations that are attractive, engaging, or sweet, those in Garden command attention.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873587938
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 411,650
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.44 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005


    I am a mother to a nine month old and a special ed preschool teacher. I read this book to both my baby and my students. All of the kids really seem to enjoy this book. The rhyme and repetition make the text very enjoyable and the illustrations are very vibrant and eye catching. The older kids especially love looking for the hidden numbers in the the pictures.

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