Here's a board book—a combo counting exercise, garden tour, and cumulative tale—that accomplishes a lot with a little. An apple-cheeked lad in overalls shows children what's growing in his garden, from "1 onion, with many, many peels" and "2 tasty turnips, deep inside the ground" all the way up to "12 tall tulips, in a long yellow row." After each element is introduced, it gets added to the repeated full-spread garden scene, adding up to a final crowded scene popping with bright colors, shapes, and sizes. The business of all those numbers adding up is balanced by Hruby's clean, geometric artwork. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Graphic designer Patrick Hruby teams with his sister for a trip to the garden that alternates between wordless spreads and pages with brief counting phrases. A doll-like boy counts the different kinds of life in his garden: "4 fun sunflowers, with very long stems... 5 fresh watermelons, shiny and green." All of the flora and fauna, including a purple and pink striped onion and kitelike butterflies, appear in a finale, crowded with life. Full of vibrant, flattened, geometric shapes, Hruby's work offers a fresh, welcoming vision of the joys to be found outdoors. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLCReview by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2—Numbers 1 through 12 are introduced in this concept book set in a vegetable garden. The counting and objects will entertain children, but it is the illustrations that will truly captivate. After each number is introduced, readers turn the page to see an overview of the area that reinforces what has been introduced so far. For example, "1 onion, with many, many peels" features a single onion. Following "2 tasty turnips, deep inside the ground," a wordless spread shows one onion and two turnips. This cumulation continues after each number, concluding with "12 tall tulips/in a long yellow row." While this format is an excellent early literacy tool and children will love pointing out each addition, it does hinder the narrative flow and makes for a choppy read in places. Still, the combination of garden, counting, and colorful art is group-sharing gold. Pair this title with Katherine Ayres's Up, Down, and Around (Candlewick, 2007) for a winning garden-themed storytime.—Joy Poynor, Rogers Public Library, AR [Page 74]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Counts new items in groups numbering one through twelve as they are added to a garden.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A sumptuous visual tribute to the joy of growing flowers, fruits and vegetables in a home garden invites youngsters to practice counting from one to 12 on pages that also introduce a series of plants and animals before culminating in a final spread that features all depicted subjects together.Review by Publisher Summary 3
COUNTING IN THE GARDEN celebrates the joy of growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables in one's very own garden. This hardcover book is a visual feast from one to twelve. Young children will love finding and counting all of the garden treats. Every other page introduces a new plant or animal into the mix until ultimately all twelve additions are featured together in the final, abundantly overgrown garden. COUNTING IN THE GARDEN is sure to appeal to eco-conscious parents and their "green" little kids.