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Title: In My Garden : A Counting Book
Author: Ward Schumaker
Illustrator: Ward Schumaker
Age Range: 2 - school age
Whimsy and wonder abound in this horticultural counting book.
Beginning readers (and counters--and gardeners!) can count from
one grinning watering can to 233 plump little peas, with plenty
of dancing flowers, buzzing bees, stones for stepping, and snails
late for dinner in between. In the standard counting-book format,
numbers one through ten are each given their own two-page spread.
Numbers 20, 30, 40, and 50 follow, allowing children to stretch
their minds to remember (or learn) what comes between, and the
book concludes on a silly note, with number 233. The penultimate
page shows every single one of the 233 peas numbered, so young
readers can check their work!
Readers confronted with Ward Schumaker's clever, happy, full-page
illustrations will feel an irresistible urge to kick up their
heels and frolic through the garden of numbers. Witty little visual
jokes, such as the six birds singing Bach and the 40 crab apples
stomping their feet and grimacing at each other, will delight
readers young and old. Who knew learning to count could be this
much fun? Schumaker has charmed readers with several other picture
books, including Sing a Song of Circus.
Review by Emilie Coulter