#blogbookaday: My Busy Green Garden

23 Mar

30341609.jpgSummary:  “So begins this lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees, and birds that make the garden such a busy place. With each turned page, more visitors appear, and all the while the “surprise”—a chrysalis—changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away across the garden’s well-tended borders. Back-of-book notes about the natural histories of the garden’s denizens complete this lovely and lively portrait of backyard nature, which is also a gentle meditation on the rewards of paying attention. A chipmunk hides on every page to divert and engage young readers.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: In the style of the story The House That Jack Built comes a story of the animals one might find in their own busy garden. This is a perfect introduction to insects and small animals in a garden setting and is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The intricate illustrations show details of each of these animals, that would make them easy to spot in your own garden!

Personal Reaction: I grew up helping my mom with the flower gardens around our house and with both my parents in the vegetable garden out back and as we gardened, my parents did a great job of teaching us about the animals and why we plant marigolds next to our tomato plants (to keep away the aphids). This book would make a great introduction to young kids – especially with the back material that is provided giving the reader a little more information about each of the animals in the story. I always hope that anytime a picture book offers additional material, they would cite where the information came from, but that is often not the case, as in this book. Overall, this cute story of plants and animals will sure to delight young and old nature lovers alike!

Title: My Busy Green Garden
Author: Terry Pierce
Illustrator: Carol Schwartz
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication Date: January 31, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


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