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Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

July 6, 2010

Every week when we go to the library, I ask the kids what they would like to find a book about. They give me a topic and then we go and find a non-fiction book on that topic. The rest of the books that go in their bag are fiction books. This particular week, Monkey wanted a book about gardening  since we had recently planted the seeds in our garden. Before I went to the computer to look up a non-fiction gardening book, I found this one on the shelf while we were looking for other picture books. This one was so cute, we ended up not getting a non-fiction book that week.

After the first three pages which tell about planting seeds, covering them with dirt and watering them, the remainder of the book is simply pages of vegetables (beautifully illustrated) that grow either up, down, or around.

Monkey now understands that while we will be able to see when our tomatoes and beans have grown, we won’t be able to see our carrots until we pick them.

The detailed pictures give us much to talk about since the text on each page is just a simple rhyming sentence about how that particular vegetable grows. The cucumber page is Monkey’s favorite. He likes to find all the “hiding” cucumbers that climb around and around.

This is certainly a book that I wouldn’t mind owning, although it seems like we already do since we have checked it out of the library several times now!

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  1. July 10, 2010 10:40 pm

    What a cute book! I am sure Xzavian would love it, too. Thanks!

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