A garden of delights is presented to the very youngest children in this exuberant peek-a-boo board book. Each page spread features an adorable backyard creature against a backdrop of whimsical illustrations. A brother and sister are tending this garden surrounded by a white picket fence. But the fence does not keep out an assortment of rabbits, frogs, bees, butterflies, crows, squirrels and other backyard animals and insects. The children do not seem to mind at all. Their flowers and vegetables are coming along nicely, despite moles digging underneath and birds flying overhead. The clever rhyme and vivid colors are sure to elicit smiles and wonder from the target age group. An excellent learning feature is the association children will make between the animals and the sounds they make, or the actions they perform. For example, crows pecking, bees buzzing and frogs leaping. This title is a great gift for new parents seeking to start a library for their child. This reviewer also imagines elementary school age children reading this book for fun to their younger siblings. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
An oversized format and round die cuts allow a little girl to show off her garden in fine fashion. "Who's coming to see how my garden grows?" loops above a hole cut through the page, through which readers see one gray rabbit. Turn the page, and readers see many "[r]abbits hop, hop, hopping between the rows," while the die cut frames some carrots on the opposite page. Frogs, bees, birds and moles join the rabbits as the book continues. McDonald's ebullient mixed-media illustrations are alive with jolly, springtime colors, stylized shapes creating fanciful yet recognizable images. The busyness of the illustrations marks this for toddlers, who will enjoy the many critters that populate this patch. Serious gardeners may wince, but it's not for them. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)
…McDonald's…mixed-media collages are engaging, colorful and busy with detail, and Gershator's simple rhyming question-and-answer text is appealing and age appropriate…l;
—The New York Times