A little white dog has a garden with a frog, bird, chipmunk, flowers and many other animal friends. A fun realization at the end is a great lesson about sharing. Also is a sweet way to tell your child what surprises they might find in their own garden. The simple, repetitive text and bright illustrations make this a great first read for an early reader or for a young child to be read-aloud to. — Jeanette
"I have a garden," a frisky dog announces. In simple sentences, the dog guides new readers through a bright and lush garden, which is home to a chipmunk, a bird, a bug, and all sorts of other creatures. "This garden is for me," the dog continues. "No. This garden is for all of us. We have a garden," answer his animal neighbors. Illustrated in vibrant collage, this deceptively simple I like to Read® book is a celebration of nature and community, plus readers can play spot the dog on nearly every spread. Guided Reading Level B.
About the Author
Bob Barner is the creator of popular children's books such as FISH WISH, DEM BONES, DINOSAUR BONES, BUGS!, BUG SAFARI, and THE DAY OF THE DEAD EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. He lives with his wife, Cathie, in San Francisco, California. His website is www.bobbarner.com.
"Barner’s amusing artwork done in paper collage, gouache, pastel, and pencil radiates off the pages as a playful pup shares the wonders of his garden and all of the living things that reside in it. The clear vocabulary and engaging drawings provide the earliest readers with a delightful story. Barner’s use of perspective is precise, and earthy tones warm each page."—School Library Journal
"Barner’s exuberant gouache-and-pastel cut-paper collages feature stylized sunflowers, poppies, daisies and more. . . . Pictures and words (delivered in the educational typeface 'Report School') cohere nicely, offering blossoming readers some fresh, springy practice. The bright pictures, particularly coupled with the clearly defined value of the garden as a shared environment, make this a nice choice for preschoolers, too."—Kirkus Reviews