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Feb 11, 2011 Kerri Harshaw rated it 5 of 5 stars
A cute counting book up to the number ten. The bold illustrations give great details of how bugs look. Each number addresses a different mother animal and her young and how they would move about in the garden. The repetative line "over in the garden" allows for many different writing activities for the young reader. See if your class can make a book about bugs they see in the garden! The end of the book includes 'fun facts' about each bug in the book, and there is also a simple song in the back...more
Not only does this book have colorful illustrations that make the book come alive, but it was a very easy read. This book provides awesome awareness by rhyming. It also covers counting 1-10. Throughout the story on every page there are hints about what bug will be on the next page. This book creates a song, which could be very funny to read out loud because then children can hear the rhyming through the song. Also a song could help children remember the counting. It is a cute book, that young re...more
I don't know what it is about this author/illustrator combination, but M does NOT like their books! I think they're fun and gorgeous, but M refuses to let me finish reading them to her. The rhyme scheme is repetitive and not like Dr. Seuss's, whose stories she does love, but I just don't get what's so offensive to her. This is the second book by them that she is not interested in "reading".
This is a gorgeous lush book full of wonderful illustrations to go along with a whimsical story of the animals and their babies in a beautiful garden. Many are cute bugs. The story is in rhyme and I found myself singing it out loud to the tune of "Over in the meadow". Kids will love this book.
Apr 10, 2012 Lucero Hernandez rated it 3 of 5 stars
Over in the Garden is a great book that allows for students to continue to improve their phonemic awareness, through rhyming. This book reinforces student counting from 1-10. It also provides great detailed illustrations of bugs.
May 24, 2008 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Great for storytime -- reinforces phonological awareness through rhymes (I had the kids tell me the rhyme) and song (the musical notation for the rhymes is appended, but many children's librarians already know the standard "Over in the..." song). On each page there's a small, hiding hint as to which bug will appear on the next page. Would be great for one-on-one sharing!
The story is set to a song, which is fun to sing while reading aloud. On each page, the reader can search for a hidden number, but also, each page somewhere has pictured the number of and insect which will be found on the next page. It's very cleverly done.