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Johnny Crow's Garden Paperback – April 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147507168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475071689
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,236,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If I run up to you on the street and shout the words, "Name all the best-known crows in children's literature!" into your ear, you're going to come up with some pretty eclectic references. There are the crows that the Scarecrow kills in, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", and...um...well there's "Arabel's Raven" but that's about a, uh, raven. Truth be told, crows are few and far between in kiddie lit. Any knowledgeable scholar of children's books, however, would instantly tell you about, "Johnny Crow's Garden" as illustrated by Leslie Brooke. Of course, I'd never heard of the book until a library patron walked up to me praising it to the stars. Originally published in, I kid you not, 1903, the book is as fresh, funny, and wry as any publication hitting the market today. Though the publisher Frederick Warne and Company is now defunct, Penguin Books (who uses the imprint) would be very wise indeed to republish this now classic series.

Originally a nursery rhyme, the poem "Johnny Crow's Garden" has sort of fallen out of favor. The only way a person may remember it is as in Brooke's charming book. In it, each animal that comes to Johnny Crow's garden has a distinct problem, situation, or preference. By "garden" we're basically talking about Johnny Crow's estate. Most of the action takes place on his grounds. He is depicted here as a very realistic looking bird, as are all the animals that visit with him. Brooke fills his illustrations with tiny in-jokes and running gags. A pair of penguins never are directly mentioned in the text itself but are so delightful to watch that it makes perfect sense that they'd be the last guests to leave at the end of the book. There's a view of a whale boring fellow animals with an enormously long tale.
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Format: Hardcover
Johnny Crow's Garden was a perfect book for visually and verbally alert kids when I was tiny (about 1964). It's still vigorous; I relocated it and have it on our bookshelf today. Leslie Brooke is a great illustrator and his simple story speaks, over nearly 100 years, with universal chuckles and themes to keep us amused while turning the pages. Read it to your children as my mother read it to us, and the words will stay all your children's lives, prompting them to seek out more books.
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I was very excited to find this title available, which I remember so fondly from my childhood. But the product that arrived was a disgrace to the publishing industry. The illustrations are bad photocopies, and the text has been typed in by hand with no thought to how it fits on the page, or indeed where the words break. A fourth-grader would have created a nicer edition. Very disappointing. I'm very sad.
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I was outraged by what Amazon sent me. I had ordered a "new" copy of this book, thinking that perhaps Amazon was able to get copies even though the book is out of print. What I received appeared to be a xerox of the original book. The pictures weren't even in color. I should have ordered a "used" copy and perhaps would have received an original. I think I should get my 12.00 back.
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By Ann Pierce on November 23, 2012
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This is a photocopy of the original book. Pictures are all in black and white, and the words get cut off and run mid-word onto the next line. It's worth it to pay more for a real book.
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The writing is excellent, as good as it always was. However, the removal of color from the illustrations in this edition is awful. And it wasn't disclosed by the seller. I have therefore returned the book.
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What a delightful find from our library. This is a simply written (one sentence per page), exquisitely illustrated children's book. The illustrations alone are worth getting the book for. Simply fabulous!

All kinds of animals live in Johnny Crow's garden. The lion wears a green and yellow tie. When the bear has no coat, the ape measures and makes one for him. When the crane is caught in the rain, the crow brings him an umbrella and so the story goes on until the fox puts all the animals in stocks? Who will let them out?

A great classic :)
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