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From seeds dropping into soil to corn bursting from its stalks from children chasing butterflies to ants burrowing underground everything in this vibrant picture book pulses with life --- in all directions. Sprightly illustrations set the mood for a rhy
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From seeds dropping into soil to corn bursting from its stalks from children chasing butterflies to ants burrowing underground everything in this vibrant picture book pulses with life --- in all directions. Sprightly illustrations set the mood for a rhy
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Two little kids and a man, plus many animal observers, head out to their garden and plant some seeds. They water them, and then corn grows up, carrots grow down, And cucumbers climb around and around. Peppers grow up through various vegetables growing on vines, under the soil, or sticking up to be plucked. The underground vegetables are shown (with bugs crawling around and a mole taking a nap in its hole) in cutaway drawings, so children will be able to get an idea just what's going on there in the garden. The cartoony illustrations are excellent, with all sorts of garden animals running around (and eating the vegetables, despite the scarecrow), and plenty of color and movement adding to the liveliness of this book. This would be a great addition to a classroom segment on gardening, or for a family to read together before doing planting in their own garden.
School Library Journal

PreS - Gr 1 - This cheerful story is a pleasant introduction to planting and prepositions. When two children help plant a garden, they learn that some vegetables grow underground, some shoot up above it, and some grow on vines that twine around and around. And they all end up as lunch. The rhyming text is simple, but the words are well chosen. The colorful cartoon illustrations are humorous and lively, with lots of motion to keep readers turning the pages. Children will enjoy finding various insects on each page and talking about the roles they play in a garden. A good choice for introducing how things grow.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME

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Kirkus Reviews
Inside a colorful garden, some plants "grow up," while others "grow down, and still others grow "around and around." This catchy, rhyming refrain, with some variation, introduces children to an abundance of garden vegetables and legumes, including corn, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, broccoli, beets, green beans, okra, onions and tomatoes, as well as the ambiguous pumpkin, and follows them from seed to plant to lunch. The different plants are shown sprouting under and above ground, and youngsters will delight in the bird- and mole's-eye perspectives. Energetic watercolor-and-ink illustrations, inhabited by multiracial tots, a farmer, a scarecrow, friendly bugs, worms, crows, rabbits and, of course, a plethora of seeds, plants and produce, are a feast for the eyes and will whet children's appetites for further knowledge-and for a very healthy lunch. An inviting introduction to the wonder of plants, food and gardening, this charming selection will be a favorite of teachers, students and home readers alike. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763640170
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 225,153
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Ayres is the author of A LONG WAYand MATTHEW'STRUCK. She says, "For me as a child, strawberries equaled summer. The best dinners were those with sweet corn and tomatoes fresh from my grandfather’s garden." She lives in Pittsburgh.

Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated more than one hundred books for children. UP, DOWN, AND AROUND reminds her of her husband’s garden: "By the end of summer, the squash, ornamental gourds, and pumpkins have taken over!" She lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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