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Whose Garden Is It? Hardcover – May 1, 2004

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition 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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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A Kid's Review on March 20, 2007
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Whose Garden Is It? is written by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Jane Dyer. It's an enjoyable book for kindergarten and first grade. The story makes you feel that it's never going to end. And it's a really funny book.

There were some things that weren't as good such the end. The end left you one last question. That last question you'll have to read and find out. The book had some weird characters in it. And some were really grumpy.

I think the pictures were the best part because they are simple and really colorful. And some of them are a really funny like the last picture where all the people and the animals were together. And they are also big and beautiful. And some of the pictures were hilarious like the bunny in the ballet dress.

I think the author did a really great job on the book, and so did the illustrator. And here are some popular quotes from the book, "But whose garden is it," and "It's mine." And the rest you'll have to wait and see.

Those are my opinions and if you like them you should read the book. And you find the book at your public library. I'm sure you'll like it because I did. And I'm sure you will too. And if you want to know more about the book look it up
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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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I checked this book out because it is written by Mary Ann Hoberman, who also wrote my current favorite to read aloud to my kids titled A House Is A House For Me. Whose Garden Is It is a fun book to read and the pictures are very nice as well. I might recommend you check it out from the library before you buy it.
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