Patrick’s Garden Pick of the Day — Counting in the Garden

counting_in_the_gardenCounting in the Garden, by Kim Parker. Ages 3-6
Spring has never sprung quite so beautifully as it does in Ms. Parker’s lovely watercolor-illustrated book.  We count 1 through 10 in the garden, encountering different animals along the way: 4 Bunnies, 7 Birds, 9 Inchworms.  The illustrations are double page and the animals are just as colorful as the garden around them.  Children and adults alike will enjoy finding the creatures mentioned in the text on each page, sometimes hidden among the garden flowers.  The flowers in the garden are awash with bright and vibrant hues that run the spectrum of colors.  At the end of the book there is a recap of the numbers 1 through 10 that could be used to count aloud together.  An excellent book for those looking for something new for spring, in concepts or animal books.

Counting in the Garden, Orchard Books, 2005; $16.95

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