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IN THE GARDEN (Tell me, Tell Me, What Do You See series)

Author: Lauren McNerney Stinnett

Illustrator: Esther McNerney

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Publisher: McNerney Publications, LLC,

Material: board book

Summary: Folded like a hand fan, each side of the book has a series of pictures of familiar objects in the garden (garden tools, flowers and vegetables, seed packets, happy gardeners) that portray a given adjective: a number, a size, a color, an emotion, etc. On one side of the book, the words that describe the picture are simple, while the flip side of the book has more words for more advanced readers. This is an accordian-style

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 4 to 7

Interest Level: 2 to 5

Age of Child: Read with boys ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My boys were confused about how to "work" the book. They flipped the pages back and forth and turned the book upside down. They folded the book in various ways to see how it went back together. They enjoyed the familiar objects and the bright colors.

Adult Reader Reaction: I did not like the book because it was too short and was confusing to use. It wasn't overly confusing, but without a story line, we just looked at the pictures and discussed what we saw. However, the pictures were simple, so there was not much to discuss. I felt this would be an excellent item to throw into a purse or diaper bag for when we sit for 2-3 minutes waiting somewhere while we are out around town.

Pros: Bright, fun photographs give kids lots to look at.

Cons: There aren't enough words to create a story out of the illustration.

Borrow or Buy: Skip. I did not feel like my children got enough value out of this book to warrant a purchase or a borrow. Flash cards might be a more robust alternative.


Educational Themes: This is a book for helping kids connect words with objects. You can also use it to talk about colors, numbers, and other concepts.

Notes: A Reading Tub reviewing family read a copy of this book donated by the publisher. The book will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.


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