In a Garden
In a Garden
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In a Garden

Written by Tim McCanna & illustrated by Aimee Sicuro
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4 - 8
Reading age
48
Page count
Feb 18, 2020
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Gorgeous, flowing text highlights more bugs and critters than plants in this somewhat forgettable garden book.

From the tiniest of seeds that “sits beneath a millipede” to a large crowd of fireflies flying through the air, In a Garden displays a myriad of life forms surrounding a garden, in a celebration of nature through all its seasons. The focus weighs more heavily towards bugs and critters found in the garden, such as slugs, ants, and roly-polies, than it does on the plants in the garden, though the plants are labeled in the illustrations. While the text mentions of newborn flowers, buds emerging, and falling leaves, the true highlights are the details like searching for the camouflaged bugs in the tree, an underground view at the worms and bugs in the soil, and the bees with pollen sticking to their heads and feet. The fanciful serif font seems too formal for the more casual illustrations but highlights the elaborate beauty of even the simplest views of nature, exponentially amplified through the gorgeous cadence that trips effortlessly off the tongue like a lullaby. With very little story, the book in its entirety is slightly forgettable, making the most memorable aspects the soothing flow of the text and the colorful bursts of nature in the illustrations.

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  • There are many fun scenes shown through the illustrations in this book, like catching fireflies, watering flowers, walking a dog, and planting bulbs. Are any of these activities familiar? What do you like to do in a garden?
  • There is a huge variety of plants, bugs, and animals included in this book. Do you have a favorite flower or bug?

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Book Details

ISBN
9781534417977
Publication Date
February 18, 2020
Publisher
Simon and Schuster-Paula Wiseman Books
Text Details
The text for this book was set in Barmbrack.
Illustration Details
The illustrations for this book were rendered in watercolor, ink, charcoal, and Photoshop.
Page Count
48
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2019006399
WorldCat Number (OCLC)
1090705611

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