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A Garden of Opposites

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Enter this beautiful garden and see what opposites you’ll find! A short caterpillar and a long garden snake, a closed bud and an open blossom. These delightful images will teach youngsters about basic opposite concepts, and about the charms and wonders of the outdoors!

This simple book has a surprise treat at the end—a gatefold displaying the whole garden, with opposites ga
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Schwartz & Wade
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Feb 07, 2017 Brooke rated it really liked it
This is a simple book about opposites. Each page has a simple and bright illustration with the term underneath. The following page is the opposite. All the items are garden related. It is a slightly smaller book. The last page flips open to reveal a garden full of opposites. It is a nice book to introduce children to garden items and opposites.
Sep 15, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I appreciated that this offered some more difficult concepts to understand. I think it would be a little too difficult for some of my 0-3 group, so I don't plan to read it to them. It would work well for a 3-5 group. Too bad I don't have one of those.
Apr 22, 2009 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This bright, graphically-interesting and fun book offers pairs of opposites in a garden setting. The opposites are very basic such as open/closed, long/short, and asleep/awake. Davis’ illustrations are big and bold, filled with bright colors that will shout out to a group easily. Equally likeable is the font and text size which will work well for reading aloud but also for new readers just figuring things out.

Recommended as a cheery spring opposite book, this one is perfect for toddlers ages 1-3
Aug 23, 2014 Russell rated it liked it
Beyond the rote lesson in contrasts, a deeper lesson in looking for details. For example, the rear cover brings up the duality of the bunny and snail, but those just reading straight from the text and not closely examining the material within might miss them in the joyous fold-out.

Art style reminds me of Katamari Damacy.
The Library Lady
Mar 24, 2009 The Library Lady rated it liked it
Okay, it's opposites so:
Sturdy paper and stitching ARE toddler friendly.
The fold out end page is NOT.
Some of the pairs such as "big and little" and "short and long" ARE easy for younger children.
The pairs of shamrocks with "same and different" ARE NOT.

Nice book, but a little extra editing and planning would have helped.
Mar 05, 2013 Libby is currently reading it
Cognitively, children between 12-24 months are more aware of the world around them and are learning to differentiate between objects. By pointing to words and the labeled pictures in this concept book supports children noticing characteristics of objects and understanding that pictures represents works fosters speech and development of a child’s Early Literacy Vocabulary Skill.
Jan 30, 2013 Ina rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-reads
With simple bright illustrations and single word text, this is a lovely book about opposites, with a garden theme. There are ladybugs, plants, and garden tools, which are used to introduce the concept of opposites. Even the youngest members of my storytime audience were able to focus on the illustrations and the older ones helped with the story by supplying the opposites.
Katie Fitzgerald
Apr 12, 2011 Katie Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing
Read at Baby/Toddler Story Time on 4/12/11:

Read at Drop-In Story Time on 9/7/12:
Bright pictures, simple one word pages
Opposites abound in a colorful garden, including a closed bud, an open blossom, a short caterpillar, and a long snake.
Jan 30, 2011 Edna rated it really liked it
Really, really cute book with one word and its opposite displayed with very simple bright colorful illustrations. Perfect for reading aloud and teaching very young children opposites.
Joan Marie
Jan 25, 2016 Joan Marie rated it really liked it
A simple book of opposites for young garden/nature lovers. The last double spread provides an interactive game of "I spy" for kids.
Kate Hastings
Mar 12, 2009 Kate Hastings rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers, preschoolers opposites
Shelves: concepts-general
Opposites book-- very simple.
Jul 23, 2009 Thia added it
Shelves: toddler, preschool
gardens, opposites
Jul 24, 2009 Morgan rated it liked it
Very basic opposites from the garden. For a very young audience.
Oct 01, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Uncluttered, simple illustrations depict one opposite pair on each double-page spread, until the final, joyous romp through the garden.
Mar 10, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
Very simple book with cute spring/summer themed illustrations. My four year old adores this book!
Heather Lander
Apr 09, 2016 Heather Lander rated it really liked it
Simple, garden-themed, book of opposites.
Mar 13, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing
Wonderful simple opposite book. Big bright pictures clear text that matches the illustration would read aloud well. Ages 2+
Mar 11, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
nice and bright. some more "unusual" opposites included here: dull and sharp, plain and fancy.
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