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Quiet in the Garden
Contributor(s): Aliki
ISBN: 0061552070     ISBN-13: 9780061552076
Publisher: Greenwillow
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: February 2009
Annotation: A young boy sits in a garden and watches, listens, and imagines he can hear the garden's inhabitants talking to one another. The beloved author Aliki offers an interactive story that rewards quiet observation. Includes directions for making a simple garden. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Gardens; Fiction.
Animals; Food; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2008012641
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129025
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
I love to go into the garden.
I sit quietly.
I see flowers and plants.
It makes me feel peaceful.
If I am very still,
I see birds, insects,
and creatures I had
not noticed before.
I can even hear them
"Nibble, crunch, chomp,"
"Chew, bite, slurp,"
"swallow, gulp,"
They are all hungry

Get ready to look and listen.
Get ready fbr fun in the quiet garden.
You can make your own quiet garden, too

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
A boy enters his backyard garden. His first-person narrative invites readers to join him, sit still, listen, and observe. We soon hear the animals talking and learn how the garden feeds an assortment of creatures, including the quiet little boy. Vivid colors against white backgrounds enhance this simple, childlike appreciation of nature. Instructions for creating a garden follow the story. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 February)

PreS-Gr 1—An artful introduction to nature, stillness, and the power of observation. A wide-eyed boy enters a garden replete with fluttering butterflies, birds, and blooming trees, all rich with color. "I sit quietly. If I am very still, I see more." He also hears sounds: "chirp, squeak, crunch." A robin eats red berries from a bush, a turtle munches moss, a lizard snaps up a moth, and so on. Animals small and large question motives as each one finds its meal: "The frog hopped up and caught a gnat. Why did you do that? asked a fish. I was hungry, said the frog, and I didn't want to eat you." Learning by observing and listening to the creatures in turn, the boy finally gathers a meal of apples, berries, carrots, and more for a picnic with his friends-the myriad creatures. With spare words and a balance of line and color against white backgrounds framed with lacey branches, Aliki deftly portrays the benefits of observing nature. Back matter tells how to grow a "quiet" garden. This book is perfect for reading aloud: "The squirrel crunched on an acorn. Why did you do that? asked the spider. Ah-wa-wan-gwy, said the squirrel, crunching away."—Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR

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