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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
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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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The beauty of a flower garden comes through loud and clear from the colorful cover to opening to the first two pages where you visualize and see the magnificent array of flowers that looks like a collage or a mural painted on wall. Auntie grew flowers in her garden and from an early age Erin loved them and wanted be look at the pretty flowers. Crying until she got what she wanted and allowed to look at the flowers when she got older Auntie let her pick some to take home to her mom. Imagine a little girl that gives her Auntie a special Garden Angel as a present to keep with the precious flowers.
Erin was observant and found something exciting in the garden. Imagine a striped worm and weeds. But, milkweed was prevalent in the garden and she missed some of it and it breaks off when a stem breaks and the liquid that drips out is white like milk. What a great learning fact to help understand one type of weed in a garden.
The worm she sees in the garden is munching on the weed and her analogy of the worm looking like a clown is priceless. The worm is colorful so guess how she will learn more about it? If you guessed from pictures of different caterpillars you were right. If you guessed on a computer to search then and you Erin are on the same wavelength.
The pictures of the caterpillar are magnificent and the Monarch Caterpillar butterflies are featured in this book. Butterflies fascinate me and I love the Monarch butterfly featured and wait until you and Erin see the pictures of them and how many the Auntie features as she explains that, when monarch caterpillars eat milkweed, it makes them taste bad to birds and other animals that would want to eat them. That’s why he can be so colorful and not be afraid of anything eating them.”
Erin came again in the fall to see her Aunt and headed for her favorite caterpillar with stripes. Can you believe what she learned this time? How about what cocoons are and how the caterpillar makes it? She wanted to see the cocoon when it is done and of course her Auntie agreed. Wait until you learn what Erin thought they look like and you won’t believe what happens in the spring when she returns. The monarch cocoon on the fence by the old milkweed plant was not green anymore. If you want to learn what happens to it and what she was able to witness when it started to open you have to join in the excitement yourself and watch it along with Erin. What came out of the cocoon? Where does it go? What was it? What did it look like and where did it go? Like all mysteries it’s more fun to research and learn the answers for yourself or come and visit Auntie’s garden and take the journeys with Erin and Auntie.
Children can learn a lot about caterpillars, the birth of a butterfly, why Monarchs are so special and the secret behind eating Milkweed and much more. Teachers can use this as an introduction to learning about other animals and how their young are born. Great and colorful pictures that look life like and bring my favorite butterflies to life. This is great for children in elementary school and even early middle school to learn about this special caterpillar. So, the next time you see a monarch flying around you make sure you wave at it, protect it and appreciate its beauty. Once again author Ann Morris creates learning too for everyone.
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.
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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