Counting in the Garden by Emily Hruby and illustrated by Patrick Hruby


 Counting in the Garden by Emily Hruby and illustrated by Patrick Hruby, Ammo Books, 9781623261061, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This counting book is different from other counting books in the cumulative way that it displays the counted objects. The object is introduced and the next page shows the object along with the previous object that has been counted. By the end of the book, there is a garden full of objects that the child can then count. I also liked how the counted objects were different from ordinary “garden things” such as earth worms, turnips, Easter lilies. Children will expand their vocabulary while learning to count.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Unfortunately, some of the pages had the illustrations on the inside fold and it made it difficult to count the objects.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book would be good for a kindergarten or preschool class where children are learning their numbers and counting. It is a book that is fun, where children can find the objects at the end of the book in the garden and count them.

Who should buy this book? All children’s libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: March 15, 2017

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