- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 25, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060787627
- ISBN-13: 978-0060787622
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the Garden: Who's Been Here? Hardcover – April 25, 2006
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Kindergarten-Grade 2 On a summer morning, Mother asks Christina and Jeremy to pick some vegetables from the garden. As the story progresses, readers learn that the garden has been invaded by a rabbit hopping by, a chipmunk eating sunflower seeds, a slug leaving a telltale trail of slime, and a crow pecking at some kernels of corn. There's a relaxed attitude to all this; it's not overtly stated but certainly implied that these visitors are welcome and part of the cycle of nature. The narrative ends happily with Mom offering a plate of cookies and a pitcher of milk, so even the humans get some nourishment. There is a distinct pattern to the straightforward text and to the book's design as well (pages with white space alternate with colorful spreads). While the illustrations don't have the depth of the finest nature paintings, and the renditions of people look a bit stiff, they are attractive and accessible. Not an essential purchase, but a worthwhile one. Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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PreS-Gr. 2. The children who lead the adventure are new, but the format follows that of the other titles in the series that began with In the Woods: Who's Been Here? (1995): two children explore a natural place and wonder about the animals that have passed through. Here, the natural world is a backyard garden, where siblings Christina and Jeremy collect vegetables. As they find signs of animal interlopers in the chewed leaves and missing corn kernels, they wonder, "Who's been here?" George provides the answers on interspersed spreads that feature beautiful close-ups of the animal culprits, nibbling away. Young children will be easily drawn in by the detailed, realistic watercolor-and-ink illustrations of the plants and animals (the rendering of the children is slightly more awkward) and by the smooth text and its rhythmic refrain. A final page features postage-stamp-size images of each animal, accompanied by paragraphs offering more basic information. A fine introduction to common critters and the origins of common foods. Gillian Engberg
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