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- 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Surprise in Auntie's Garden based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite Surprise in Auntie's Garden! by Ann Morris is a colorful children's book that teaches a lesson. Little Erin visits her Auntie's garden and sees a funny looking worm, which in fact turns out to be a caterpillar. Auntie and Erin research on the computer to find out what type of caterpillar he is and why he eats the milk thistle in Auntie's garden. Season by season, Auntie and Erin follow what is happening with the little creature from his stages as a caterpillar, to his building a cocoon, to his emerging as a beautiful butterfly. The illustrations are very vivid, colorful, and attractive in Surprise in Auntie's Garden! by Ann Morris. They will captivate little ones who want to see the changes in Mr. Clown, the caterpillar, as he transforms into a butterfly. It's nice to see a book show a close relationship between an aunt and her niece like the one in Surprise in Auntie's Garden! Education can take place anywhere, including enjoying a beautiful day in the garden with your aunt. Surprise in Auntie's Garden! shows how patiently and lovingly the aunt taught Erin about nature through this experience with the caterpillar. This is a good book to read with little ones and be sure to let them find the caterpillar in the illustrations. Morris has written a cute story accompanied by outstanding illustrations in Surprise in Auntie's Garden, one that kids will enjoy because kids love to learn about new and unusual things.
Teaching without preaching. "Show, don't tell" is the mantra of every creative writing class and critique group. Ann Morris does just that in "Surprise in Auntie's Garden!" Once again, Ms. Morris begins by offering a seemingly simple story, this time about a young girl who enjoys spending time with her aunt in the garden. When the girl expresses curiosity about a "worm" she has discovered in the garden, Auntie shows her via the Internet that the worm, in fact, is a monarch caterpillar. From there, the two of them go on to learn about the transition from caterpillar to butterfly. Again, we are given the image of an adult and child interacting in a loving, trusting fashion, enabling the child to learn and experience the wonders of the world at large. Remarkably, Ms. Morris accomplishes this without getting up on a soapbox and preaching. The lesson for adults is just there, between the lines. In a genre that all too often gives us cute cartoon characters or superheroes battling aliens, all in the name of selling a product, we are given here a story of two ordinary people enjoying one another's company and learning that the world is a wondrous and often fun place to be, for both children and adults.
"This is a visual masterpiece & a sweet story for your child to learn something new!" This is a bright and lovely illustrated book that tells a home spun sweet story between and Auntie and her Niece. They share a special bond in the Auntie's garden. It is there special place & in it they share with us the story of a butterfly. It takes you from caterpillar stage, clear through to the masterpiece God offers us... a butterfly. This is a visual masterpiece & a sweet story for your child to learn something new!
Engaging Journey! Immediately I was drawn into the colorful and vibrant illustrations. The illustrations told the story before the text did. I actually skimmed through the book to see all the pictures first and then I went back and read the story. It's a journey of learning and adventure in the garden, full of flowers, butterflies and even caterpillars. I love a children's story that allows the children to learn while being entertained. Even if the child cannot read, the illustrations are enough to invite the child on the journey. I loved this story. I would recommend this to any child, especially one who loves flowers.
Surprise in Auntie's Gardenis a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Surprise in Auntie's Garden by Ann Morris is an enjoyable book complimented with colorful illustrations to add visual details, and easy and fast to read. Auntie and Erin share a special bond and a common interest in the garden. It is a significant source of joy for both of them. When a pleasant but unexpected surprise arises, they have something new to look forward to in their flowery retreat. This is a lovely story that makes learning fun in every page. Morris keeps the storyline uncomplicated and the details simple. There are few characters with common interests and one central focus. Her writing style has a smooth flow from beginning to end.