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Uno's Garden

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  819 ratings  ·  85 reviews
When Uno arrives in the forest one beautiful day, there are many fascinating and extraordinary animals there to greet him. And one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig.

Uno loves the forest so much, he decides to live there. But, in time, a little village grows up around his house. Then a town, then a city. . . and soon Uno realises that the animals and plants have begun to di
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2006)
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Well beyond X-man’s current capabilities – but definitely on the list to read to him when he’s older.

After slightly disappointing me with the straightforwardness of Jungle Drums Graeme has outdone himself in this book. Truly tremendous fun in playing hide-and-seek with all of the plants and animals (he conveniently provides a list of what to find, and how many!).

At the simplest level this is a relatively simple counting game – the animals count down from 10 to 1. But the back of the book explain
Lee Anderson drunkonbookz
Graeme Base has written and illustrated the most amazing children's book about the environment and the need for balance between humans and animals.
Uno is a cute little character, a type of explorer that finds a beautiful forest full of animals and trees. He decides to live there.
Each page lists the amount of trees and animals in it but as you turn the page it seems more humans have found Uno's hideout. They build a city. Guess what this means for the native plants and animals?
In the end everyo
Shane Harcombe
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not quite up to the heights of Animalia and The Waterhole, but still a wonderful book. Fantastical, imaginative animals and plants are used to teach about addition/subtraction, doubling, square numbers and achieving balance in our environment. Kids love finding the snortlepig & poring over the amazing multi-page spread at the end.
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Author/Illustrator: Graeme Base
First Published: 2006

An environmental story of hope and rebirth focussing on original (made up), creative animals, plants and buildings. Full of visually striking images to make the reader look further into the story while overlaying the whole with a math lesson (Fibonacci numbers, as well as basic counting). The story is sweet and intriguing, making the book an interesting addition to our library.

Graeme Base
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baa-bar
Not my favourite fantastical animals but the message of this book, coupled with some great math conundrums, makes it a fun challenge to the heart and mind!
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
As always I love Graeme Base's amazingly detailed drawing style, but here I missed his usual rhyming scheme. The animals in this book are imaginary and the message is one about being kind to the environment, making sure not to crowd out nature. There's a special creature to hunt for on each page and other counting and math going on for older kids. 3.5 stars
Alyssa Hansen
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
My nearly-2 year old adores the illustrations and the task of finding the snortlepig, various plants, and Uno’s house on every page. The environmental message is also a bonus that he obviously doesn’t understand at his age- one day, perhaps, it’ll all come together. For now, it’s an entertaining read for all members of the family.
Isa Rive
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story about balance of humans and nature. Detailed colourful illustrations create a world familiar but different from ours. Cleverly hidden characters and counting challenges add to the depth of interest.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love finding things in this book
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The kids LOVED the moopaloops.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Love love love this book! Cute kids book!
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated counting book with nonsense animals. A strong lesson in caring for nature and learning to live harmoniously with all the creatures of the world.
Sarah Baker
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-thomas, kids
Thomas really loves this book! The critters are fun, and spotting the snortlepig is a must for every page.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I didn't find this book by Base to be as much fun as some of his others, especially Animalia. Uno's garden starts out full of lots of animals and plants, but as people begin to build in the area, the flora and fauna slowly disappear, until there are none left, and only a city remains, which the people eventually abandon. However, nature has a way of bouncing back, and gradually the animals and plants make a comeback. This time, though, the people try to build in harmony with nature, and in balan ...more
Baylee Washburn
Mar 04, 2010 rated it liked it
The illustrations in this picture book take on a cartoon style as certain physical characteristics of the characters are greatly exaggerated. The characters depicted in the illustrations of this story have large heads and even larger noses that are clearly out of proportion with the rest of their bodies. These physical exaggerations compliment the fictional setting and imaginary creatures that are found in this story. In addition to the physical exaggerations, the illustrations are also full of ...more
Allison Parker
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Son (age 6) says...
"I like to read this book because I like to count how many buildings, how many animals, and how many plants are on these pages. My favorite animals are the Gondolopes and the Puddlebuts. I like the Featherfern plants, and the Log Cabins."

Mom says...
My son loves this book, and no wonder. There are so many ways to interact with it. The mathematical concepts are actually pretty complex (going from subtraction/addition to squares, exponents, primes), but children of any age can en
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a totally fun way to teach kids basic math skills. Adding. Subtracting. Multiplication/Squares. Even exponential growth.

I didn't find the "tree hugging" message too overbearing. Present, but conveyed in a tasteful way that will generally be met with little argument. The idea that people should be good stewards of the earth is one that generally resonates positively. How that is accomplished is another matter entirely.

This book can also really encourage kids to be creative since the world
Kris Wellen
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A clever, thought-provoking book for children, and adults alike. It's quite easy for a parent to tire of reading the same book over and over, but Uno's Garden keeps showing me new layers.

Example 1: Read the story for a somber, yet hopeful story of our environment

Example 2: When you tire of that, start looking for the mathematical equations listed in the top right of the book.

Example 3: Done with that? Now start looking for the Snortle Pig buried deep within the pictures. Trust me- he's there,
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has gorgeous illustrations, and depending on a child's stamina, a reader can spend a long time on each page hunting for all of the psychedelic creatures and plants the author lists. The message is a somber one: if we want our Earth to last, we have to grow modestly, not exponentially as we have been. But, unlike many environmental books which can leave one feeling rather bleak, this one imagines a time when, after we've made a mess of the planet, the planet might recover with our lovin ...more
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finally, an eco-friendly book that isn't insufferably preachy! It's the story of Uno who goes to live in the forest because he enjoys the plants and animals there so much. Eventually more people follow him and the forest ends up turning into a huge city, where there are no plants in the animals. Uno (and the snortle pig) eventually die, but his children and grandchildren take up the task of nurturing a new forest. In the end, the book extols the virtues of living in balance with nature (instead ...more
Ilana Waters
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love the creativity in this book, as I do in all Graeme Base's material. It's especially apparent here in the *kind* of creatures he draws, like the people. They look almost human and yet . . . not. The animals are ones we might recognize, but as strange, new combinations of the ordinary. Add a timely message about living in harmony with the environment and fun number games, and you've got a recipe for a winner. [SPOILER] I left off one star because the protagonist dies in the middle of the bo ...more
Britley Madsen
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
"Uno's Garden" is about a boy named Uno who goes to the forest and decides to live there. He discovers many creatures. More people discover this forest and make the forest into a town. The creatures go extinct but things get better towards the end of the book. The texts of this book are at the top of each page with white space. This allows the reader to read the text first then look at the picture. The colors are bright and the creatures are crowded in the forest, so the reader really has to loo ...more
Jarvis Ryan
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Graeme Base at his best: a magical journey for children with fantastic creatures, with many numeracy activities embedded for older readers (and basic counting for younger ones) and a strong message about the need to find a balance between industrialisation and the natural world. The outlook seems bleak but as in another of Base's books, The Waterhole, it is not too late to reverse the damage if we identify the problem and try to do something about it.

I sat with my 3-year old son and we pored ove
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend all of Graeme Base's books. You always get a good story, fabulous illustrations, clever visual tricks, and a puzzle or mystery to solve.

This book also adds a very strong, touching story about man's impact on the environment in a gentle, effective way for kids. The characters and animals are charming and will appeal to kids. The story arcs from becoming sad back to optimistic for the future.

In addition to the story, this book can be gone through again and again as a counting book
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: toddler-kids
What an amazing story about the effects humans have on the environment. Not only does it bring up questions about wildlife, habitat destruction, extinction, and death, it goes the step farther and shows how humans can learn to successfully interact with their environment. In addition to the message, this book also give children the opportunity to count (down and then up) and for the more advanced/older child, the chance to multiply. It's an environmental tale and a math lesson all in one beautif ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book Uno's Garden, is very colorful! A beautifully written and illustrated book about how to protect the environment and why it's so important for the future. It is written in simple language for young children to understand the message. Uno is the first one to move into the forest, ( thus the name Uno).Eventually more and more people began to move in and over time there are less and less trees and it became a big city. The story goes on to where eventually over a long period of time the for ...more
Tia Hall
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
THis is absolutely my favorite childrens' math book. It also has a wonderful environmental theme. My children love to revisit this one. We get out the calculator, (Jonah just got a new one and it is his new favorite toy,) and do the math. It is a tremendous work. We have been reading it for years. I feel like this about all of Graeme Base's books, that they can be enjoyed at different levels throughout a childs' life. Fantastic work!!
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully illustrated book about environmental balance. It's a bit of a retelling of The Lorax. and while I enjoy the pull of the story in The Lorax a bit more than this story, the illustrations in Uno's Garden are really breathtaking. My daughter and I did a little school project with it where we looked at its comparisons to The Lorax and she seemed to enjoy drawing those connections.
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
In terms of teaching...
This book would be a great read aloud to discuss the concept of balance and the natural consequences of urban development. It would also work in small groups to explore a ton of mathematical concepts (everything from counting down from 10 to doubling to exploring prime numbers to multiplying square numbers!). This book is so interactive and works on so many levels...really dig it!
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Graeme Rowland Base is a successful Australian author and artist of picture books that have been sold internationally. He is perhaps best known for his second book, Animalia published in 1986, and third book The Eleventh Hour which was released in 1989.
He was born in England but moved to Australia with his family at the age of eight and has lived there ever since. He attended Box Hill High School
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