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Surprise in Auntie's Garden Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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From US Reviews: While a gripping learning experience for the average child, the garden itself, tied to Erin's early childhood memories, is a familial bond between her and her Auntie, and much like the life cycle of the butterfly, Erin learns about her own journey.
From Readers' Favorite Reviews: Educationcan take place anywhere, including enjoying a beautiful day in the garden withyour aunt. Surprise in Auntie's Garden! shows how patiently and lovingly theaunt taught Erin about nature through this experience with the caterpillar.
"A Surprise in Auntie's Garden" is a beautiful story of exploration and discovery. Auntie and her young niece, Erin, love to admire the Auntie's garden. One day, they discover a colorful striped caterpillar. They follow him through the whole transformation to becoming a gorgeous butterfly. Auntie carefully explains each stage to Erin. They both marvel at the miracles of nature. Young readers and parents will love this book, as well as the brightly colored illustrations. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
From the Author
I love writing stories based on true experiences with family members. Sometimes poetic liberties are taken, but the essence of the story is true. I consider the books to be a contribution to education, to parenting and adult role-modeling, to "teaching moments", and to cherished memories I have of loved ones.
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In Morris’ most recent, Everything is Different, Brett and his father travel from the United States to England for a short visit. What begins as a confounding experience transforms into a game fueled by natural curiosity. Brett is struck by the differences between England and home. The cars seemed backward and travel on the opposite side of the road, and the people sound different, even though they speak the same language. The bulk of the story centers on a visit to Bolsover Castle, a historical restoration and learning center. This creates an excellent opportunity for Brett to hear about the old days in England and ultimately how to accept and understand the differences among various peoples.
Surprise in Auntie’s Garden takes Erin into her auntie’s backyard and the variety of fascinating flowers and insect life. The story centers on the metamorphosis of the Monarch butterfly. Beginning with the caterpillar stage, Erin returns to Auntie’s garden to witness the cocoon and transformational emergence of the beautiful Monarch in the spring. While a gripping learning experience for the average child, the garden itself, tied to Erin’s early childhood memories, is a familial bond between her and her Auntie, and much like the life cycle of the butterfly, Erin learns about her own journey.
In Morris’ first book, Mommy & Mikel Go for a Walk, Mikel and his mother take a stroll through the woods. Repeatedly, young Mikel’s normal curiosity leads him toward trouble. He wants to touch poison ivy or spill into the deep creek after the American Mink, but each time his mother comes to the rescue and teaches him about the aspects of nature at hand. Later at home, his mother extends the lesson by encouraging Mikel to explore books about the very things they encountered that day, demonstrating that vital habits of discovery begin at a very young age.
Each of these books are self-contained narratives with unique and engaging characters. The books contains bright and captivating illustrations, and the story framework is approachable for pre-reading children, while allowing more early readers to absorb slightly higher concepts. However, the theme of each book is discovery and learning about the culture and especially the environment that surrounds us.
What a surprise Erin was finding in aunties garden.
Since Erin was little she and her mum was visiting her a lot. And now, where Erin is growing up, she visits her even more. She always is going into her garden. One day Erin brings her an angel to put into her garden.
The book is full with information about the plants and flowers. And then meet a caterpillar, Erin names him Mr. Clown, because of his yellow and black stripes. Every time she is visiting, she looks out for Mr. Clown until he went into an cocoon and soon after came out as a wonderful monarch butterfly.
Great information for children. A wonderful story with colorful pictures.
That was the first book I read by Ann Morris.
I loved it, so will children.
Erin visits her Auntie's garden where she notices an odd plant with a big, fat, striped worm crawling around. The aunt tells Erin the odd plant is a milkweed and with the caterpillar they decide to identify it by looking it up on the internet. Together they discover the clown-like looking worm is a Monarch caterpillar, which in time will turn into an orange and black butterfly.
The story lightly touches on the caterpillar's life cycle, then focuses on the caterpillar emerging from its cocoon.
Alike this author's other book, Mommy & Mikel Go For a Walk, the artwork is exceptional and eye-engaging. Children will love peering at the pictures as much as hearing or reading the story.
What you will notice and which makes Ana Morris' books outstanding is attributed to her focusing attention to the careful selection of wording and the complimentary artwork. When Erin talks about a fat clown-like looking caterpillar there is no mistake as to what she is referring as the artwork provides exemplary detail.
With this author, even her dedications are well-written, full of meaning, and add to the spirit of her books.
For teachers and students this book is also available in Spanish: Sopresa en el Jardin de la tia.
The extremely colourful illustrations are stunning and the text well-written and educational. Children are able to learn about the monarch’s feeding and migratory habits, and how its life develops – all in very simple, easy-to-read sentences. For those not yet old enough to read, most adults will probably enjoy reading this aloud, at least I did.
According to the book’s introduction, Erin is the niece and God-daughter of the author, so this is in its way a true story, making it all the more endearing.
I couldn’t fault this book. Well done to author Ann Morris. An excellent book for any child interested in nature. I am giving it a positive five stars.
This review is also published at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor [...]
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Ann Morris has written a delightful story line of a girl and her auntie. Together they share in the wonder of a garden.Read more