Counting in the Garden

I fell in love with Kim Parker’s flowery illustrations when I was pregnant with James, and so I bought Counting in the Garden as his first counting book even though I knew I was having a boy. To my surprise, James quite likes the pictures too, especially the ladybugs and dragonflies. Finding some of the creatures can be quite challenging, as they are carefully camouflaged among the leaves and blossoms. (The inchworms seem particularly hard.) This challenge, though, is why James still likes the book almost three years on — well, and having a paisley rabbit that matches the one in the pictures! (Parker designed a whole set of stuffed animals in the same splashy patterns.) Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on June 6, 2010.

One Response to “Counting in the Garden”

  1. I found a very brief review in The New York Times of the animals Kim Parker designed to match the creatures in this fanciful book:
    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A06E7DA1130F93AA35757C0A9609C8B63&scp=1&sq=growing+animals+in+the+garden&st=nyt
    For the more erudite among you, Scholastic has published an accompanying lesson plan:
    http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=895
    Or just preview the book through Google Books:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=EiXk2lnAw5wC&dq=kim+parker+counting+in+the+garden&source=gbs_navlinks_s
    Enjoy!

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