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“Something’s Eating the Garden” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that is enjoyable for very young children, as well as adults. A playful interaction takes place between, Papa, and his grandchild, enjoying time together out in Papa’s amazing garden. The adventure begins when Papa discovers that something is eating his garden, and the child tries to solve the mystery by guessing what it could be. Each guess has bright illustrations to go along with it. The child comes up with many different ideas- a raccoon, a deer, a pig or even a crocodile, only to discover that it’s something very different!
My children love the rhymes, as well as the beautiful pictures of the animals in the garden. The first time I read this with my three-year-old he was held in suspense. He wanted to know what could be eating the garden! He was convinced that it was the slugs and snails. I won’t give away the ending, but he loved the plot twist and talked about it for the rest of the evening!
As an adult, I really enjoyed discovering this book. It transported me back to my childhood days visiting my grandparent’s farm. The writing conveys great love and brings up spacial feelings of warmth and nostalgia when I read it to my children. It reminds me to enjoy all the small, yet wonderful moments I have with them. I think others will also feel the great warmth this book exudes through this simple and beautiful story.
As a teacher and mother, I think this is a wonderful book for reading to young children at home or in preschool. It is an ideal book to read before bedtime. There are some lovely easy rhymes that children can join in on. As a teacher, I like to read books related to the topics I’m teaching. This book is great for teaching about gardening and healthy eating. It could also be related to topics about plants or animals. - Review by Sabrina Oliza-Smoke, founder of Play of the Wild. Check it out! Her website is wonderful for parents!
A little about Sabrina: She has an educational website for parents and teachers. She is also a mother and a teacher who is passionate about getting children to learn through gardening and nature. You can see the full review on her website here at playofthewild.com.
You can go right to the review on her website by clicking this link, https://playofthewild.com/…/somethings-eating-the-garden-c…/
...“Something's Eating the Garden”, is a fun adventure with “Papa” and a child, into his amazing garden. The adventure begins when Papa discovers that something is eating his garden and the child try's to solve the mystery by guessing what it could be. Every guess has bright, beautiful full-page illustrations to go with it. The child guesses many different animals like a raccoon, pig or even crocodile, only to find out they are not even close and the answer is not even on the radar! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732980306 ...
Alison Paul Klakowicz, is a children's book author, creative writer, blogger and podcaster. Her Podcast and Blog are called "Hodge Podge" and is about ALL types of things.
...The rhyming was excellent. I have read quite a few children’s books lately that have attempted to use rhyme to tell the story. This is one of the few that truly mastered it. The pattern is consistent throughout the book, and the rhymes make the book fun to read out loud. The story itself was also good. Children’s books are often missing the suspense that comes with a clear problem and solution. This book wasn’t missing those elements, which I appreciated.
The illustrations were exquisite. I am very impressed that the author created all of them herself. I loved the story, but I think I fell in love with the pictures even more. Pam Fries really paid attention to every detail when creating these images. Children and adults would both be captivated by this level of detail...
This is an excerpt from the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Something’s Eating The Garden" by Pam Friesby anneloretrujillo » 11 Mar 2019, 12:29