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Whose Garden Is It? Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1ST edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152026312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152026318
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-While Mrs. McGee and her toddler are out walking, they come across a beautiful garden and the woman wonders aloud, "How splendid! How pleasant! How simply exquisite!/This garden is perfect-/But whose garden is it?" There are many answers. A rabbit, a woodchuck, birds, worms, bugs, and a mole all claim it as theirs. Even the rain and the earth call the garden their own. A honeybee states, "I pollinate flowers. It's easy to see/This garden would not even be without me!" After the woman and her child listen to the numerous rhyming declarations, they leave, still wondering about the answer. The large watercolor illustrations are perfect for preschool groups. The evocative pictures complement the excellent text, which leads children to look more closely at nature. Combine this book with Hiawyn Oram's Princess Chamomile's Garden (Dutton, 2000; o.p.) and David L. Harrison's Farmer's Garden (Boyds Mills, 2001) for a summer storytime.
Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
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PreS-Gr. 1. Out for a stroll with a young child, silver-haired Mrs. McGee sees a glorious profusion of vegetables and flowers. Her question, "Whose garden is it?" launches this rhyming romp, which touches on the intricate relationships between animals and plants, sun, soil, and water. After a gardener proudly claims his plot, a rabbit steps forward, followed by other creatures that each claim garden ownership in a territorial battle that doesn't end with the animals: "I blossom in season / If this is a garden, then I am the reason," says a plant. Even the rain and the sun state their importance. Each speaker is so convincing that in the end, Mrs. McGee repeats her initial question, confused as ever. Although the singsong bounciness of the rhymed couplets and a few images of overdressed animals may strike some as cloying, Hoberman's creative words and upbeat rhythms cheerfully introduce some basic players in the garden web of life, and Dyer's sunny watercolors of a magnificent garden are radiant and inviting. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman is a poet and the critically acclaimed author of many books for children, including the beloved A House Is a House for Me, which won a National Book Award. She was also the editor of the poetry anthology My Song Is Beautiful: Poems and Pictures in Many Voices. Ms. Hoberman gives readings in libraries and schools, and her poems are included in countless anthologies. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut

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The book's artwork is beautifully done with big bold colors.
OmaOmaOma
A wonderful way to introduce and share discussion about gardening, stewardship, and ecology.
Lindsay N. Bowker
I think we just might have to purchase a copy of this one for at home, too.
Ashlee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Two Girls on January 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I could tell this would be a great book by the first page! The story is told in rhyme, which always makes it more fun to read to my 3 year old. I love the message of the book - that nature doesn't belong to anybody, and that every little creature has a purpose. It is one of the nicest children's books I've found.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosellen Bohlen on April 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming book that introduces a young child to the joys of gardening. When I read it to my nearly 3-year-old grandson he likes to complete the end of each rhyme. The illustrations are so accurate that the first time I showed him hollyhocks in my garden and asked him what they were, he could tell me their name!

If you garden and have a young child in your life, this is a must read for both of you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OmaOmaOma on June 15, 2009
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I bought "Whose Garden Is It?" for my grandchildren, but fell in love with it myself. It offers a great opportunity to ask questions of children as you read to them, and makes adults stop and think how all of nature is interwoven. When I showed the book to my Master Gardener friends, many of them bought a copy for themselves. The book's artwork is beautifully done with big bold colors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan Aikens on June 18, 2008
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This is a very sweet little book that any child or adult(child) will LOVE.
I sent this book to a dear little girl that is suffering from childhood luekemea.
Sending her some smiles.
Thank you,
Joan Aikens
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashlee on April 27, 2008
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I bought this book for my daughter's preschool class to use during their Garden unit. It does a fantastic job of holding their attention as a read-aloud and educates them on all the little helpers in a garden. I think we just might have to purchase a copy of this one for at home, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Robinson on August 25, 2005
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So creative - who does the garden belong to? who is the most important? Great story about everything that must be in place to create a garden.
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