Quiet in the Garden

Quiet in the Garden

by Aliki
     
 

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I love to go into the garden.

I sit quietly.

I see flowers and plants.

It makes me feel peaceful.

If I am very still,

I see birds, insects,

and creatures I had

not noticed before.

I can even hear them!

Nibble, crunch, chomp.

Chew, bite, slurp,

swallow, gulp.

They are all

Overview

I love to go into the garden.

I sit quietly.

I see flowers and plants.

It makes me feel peaceful.

If I am very still,

I see birds, insects,

and creatures I had

not noticed before.

I can even hear them!

Nibble, crunch, chomp.

Chew, bite, slurp,

swallow, gulp.

They are all hungry!

Get ready to look and listen.

Get ready fbr fun in the quiet garden.

You can make your own quiet garden, too!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
A young boy sits quietly in the garden. He knows that if he is very still he will see and hear things that others miss. He listens to conversations among the creatures he is observing. A snail asks a robin why it is eating berries from the tree. The robin answers that it is hungry. Most of the conversations are similar to this. A snail eats holes in leaves, a butterfly sips nectar from flowers, and a worm eats bits of plants and bugs. Other hungry creatures include a squirrel, a spider, a turtle, a lizard, a frog, a fish, a mouse, and the boy's pet rabbit. The boy picks vegetables from the garden and spreads them on a cloth for a picnic with his newfound friends. The last page features illustrated directions for growing a garden. The young, brown-skinned boy has large blue eyes which seem to examine everything with wonder and curiosity. The boy, the creatures, and the plants stand out against white backgrounds in this oversize book. This is a good introduction to garden wildlife. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

An artful introduction to nature, stillness, and the power of observation. A wide-eyed boy enters a garden replete with fluttering butterflies, birds, and blooming trees, all rich with color. "I sit quietly. If I am very still, I see more." He also hears sounds: "chirp, squeak, crunch ." A robin eats red berries from a bush, a turtle munches moss, a lizard snaps up a moth, and so on. Animals small and large question motives as each one finds its meal: "The frog hopped up and caught a gnat. Why did you do that? asked a fish. I was hungry , said the frog, and I didn't want to eat you ." Learning by observing and listening to the creatures in turn, the boy finally gathers a meal of apples, berries, carrots, and more for a picnic with his friends-the myriad creatures. With spare words and a balance of line and color against white backgrounds framed with lacey branches, Aliki deftly portrays the benefits of observing nature. Back matter tells how to grow a "quiet" garden. This book is perfect for reading aloud: "The squirrel crunched on an acorn. Why did you do that? asked the spider. Ah-wa-wan-gwy , said the squirrel, crunching away."-Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews
A sandal-shod child holds still in the garden, watching its various denizens help themselves to its bounty. A robin eats some berries, a snail munches some leaves and so on. Even as the child's observations carry this simple narrative along, the animals provide a parallel dialogue in a smaller font: "Why did you do that?" demands a butterfly of the snail, who replies, "It's what I do when I'm hungry." Occasional humor enlivens this subplot, which threatens tedium with its necessarily repetitive pattern. Aliki's eye for the child-appealing detail is as keen as ever-her protagonist sports a Band-aid on the left elbow-and her garden flora and fauna vary only in subject, not in beauty (though sticklers will wonder that the daffodils and the tomatoes seem to be in season at the same time). (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061552076
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/03/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,088,668
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published. A longtime resident of New York City, she now lives in London.

Aliki's books for young readers include All by Myself!, Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils tell of Long Ago, How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Feet, My Five Senses, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

Aliki has been delighting her many fans since her first book was published. A longtime resident of New York City, she now lives in London.

Aliki's books for young readers include All by Myself!, Digging Up Dinosaurs, Fossils tell of Long Ago, How a Book Is Made, Mummies Made in Egypt, My Feet, My Five Senses, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Zoo, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, and William Shakespeare & the Globe.

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