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Once again, beloved author Graeme Base introduces readers to a new world. And again, he interweaves the story with hidden images and mathematical problems (and solutions!), creating a book that can be read over and over, and at different levels for different ages.

When Uno arrives in the forest one beautiful day, there are many fascinating and extraordinary animals there to greet him--and one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig. Uno loves the ...
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Overview

Once again, beloved author Graeme Base introduces readers to a new world. And again, he interweaves the story with hidden images and mathematical problems (and solutions!), creating a book that can be read over and over, and at different levels for different ages.

When Uno arrives in the forest one beautiful day, there are many fascinating and extraordinary animals there to greet him--and one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig. Uno loves the forest so much, he decides to live there. But, in time, a little village grows up around his house. Then a town, then a city . . . and soon Uno realizes that the animals and plants have begun to disappear.

Uno's Garden is a moving and timely tale about how we all unknowingly affect the environment around us, just by being there--and how we can always learn from our mistakes and find ways of doing things better. It's an illuminating blend of storybook, puzzle book, and math book.
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Uno can't imagine a place where he would rather live than the luxuriant green forest. After he moves there, others join him. Before long, he and his animal friends are surrounded by a village; then a town; and, eventually, a sprawling, bustling city. Uno likes people, but he can't help but notice that something is missing: The animals and plants are steadily disappearing. Graeme Base's environment-friendly picture book is graced with his dazzling artwork and little feasts of mathematical problems and hidden images.
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Base (The Water Hole) here accessibly dives into such ecological themes as extinction, overpopulation and the balance of nature. Uno, with elongated face and bulbous nose, builds his home in an exotic forest. His one house quickly gives way to a village and finally, a polluted city devoid of animals and plants-except for those preserved in the hero's small garden. Rebus-like equations in the upper right corner of each page or spread catalogue the decreasing flora and fauna, and the increase in the number of buildings. Children will appreciate the composite animals with names such as Lumpybums (one-eyed, duck-billed monkeys with purple bumps on their backsides). Though the animals begin to disappear with the encroachment of the city, they make a comeback by book's end-with the exception of the mysterious Snortlepig (a hybrid of armadillo, dog and pig). The book's large square trim size and polished spreads, aided by the tally of creatures on the top borders, invite readers to participate in a seek-and-find. Reflecting the theme of balance, Base's diverse stylistic elements satisfyingly coexist (e.g., realistic renderings of fantasy animals; organically shaped foliage juxtaposed with angular skyscrapers). Just when youngsters might conclude that the human footprint is nothing but bad, Uno's garden provides the genesis for rebirth. A dramatic gatefold reveals a new, harmonious human coexistence with nature. While ending on a hopeful note about the power of one person (Uno) to make a difference, the missing Snortlepig drives home a somber point. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This timely book focuses on the importance of striking a balance between development and conservation of nature. When Uno moves to the forest, he is surrounded by 100 plants and a variety of imaginary animals, including the common Snortlepig. He plants a garden. As more and more people arrive and build houses, stores, and businesses, the plants and animals begin to disappear. Eventually, all that remain are buildings surrounded by gray skies, and the people abandon the city, leaving Uno, his little garden, and the Snortlepig. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren take care of the plot after Uno is gone and keep track of the creatures they see. Slowly the environment recovers. The Snortlepig, however, has disappeared. At first, the illustrations are colorful with fanciful animals and plants, but they become dark and grim as nature is crowded out. The earth rebounds, and so does the color. Students will enjoy searching the pictures, counting the plants and animals, and finding the elusive Snortlepig. This is an effective starting point for discussions about conservation, with some math lessons along the way.-Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Base plays with words, images and even numbers in this lavishly illustrated introduction to the importance of natural balance. Delighted by the sight of ten Moopaloops, 100 plants and even a single, ordinary Snortlepig, Uno builds a cabin within a lush forest. Soon he's joined by other settlers, who increase even as the flora and fauna decrease on every spread-culminating in a sterile city surrounded by polluted waters. After the inhabitants all depart in disgust, Uno's descendants build more carefully, and as time goes on the Pricklebacks, Flipperflaps, Moopaloops and other fanciful creatures come back . . . except for the Snortlepig, who remains absent even when a climactic, teeming double gatefold scene reveals a harmoniously balanced community of small dwellings carefully dispersed amidst equal numbers of plants and animals. Depicting humans with comically sheep-like features and populating his world with a host of extravagantly odd animals, Base provides a visual feast that makes his point in a simple, direct but never overly earnest way. (Picture book. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810954731
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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    Posted March 17, 2008

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    Great book to use in an elementary school curriculum. All grades can appreciate this book.

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    Posted October 3, 2006

    the childrens book of the year

    Uno's garden is one of the best picture books i've read and i loved the storyline. A fine story from a fine artist

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