Reviewed by Sallie Greenhalgh
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the envelope and discovered this book. Unlike most early reader books I have come across it was fairly weighty and clearly had been well printed. The eye-catching illustrations on the front cover caught my 5 year old daughter’s eye immediately and she was keen to open it up and have a look.
There is a cute bunny rabbit who takes you on a tour of your garden and what you might find there and along with all the illustrations he is well drawn. All the images add to the charming appeal of this book and definitely encourage the younger reader to find out more.
The book is divided into six sections –
What’s in a Garden?
A Garden in Spring
A Garden in Summer
A Garden in Autumn
A Garden in Winter
Some words you might not know.
I liked the fact that the book can be tackled in smaller chunks because it could be quite daunting for an inexperienced reader if they felt they had to read it all the way through in one go. It is a lovely introduction to a reference style book too as children could easily dip into the relevant chapter without needing to read it all. The inclusion of a child friendly glossary is also an excellent addition in my opinion. All words that appear in the glossary are shown in bold text in the body of the book and pronunciations are given too – this is particularly helpful in this world of using phonics to learn to read as many of these words are just not able to be sounded out – my daughter and I can attest to that!
My daughter is a competent reader for 5 years old but she did find the language in this book quite hard work – for her there were just too many words to sound out and so she lost the flow of what she was reading. That said when I read it to her she really enjoyed the content and I think in another 6-12 months when her reading has progressed just a little bit more then she will be able to tackle this book completely independently.
There are 3 other books in the series called The Deep Dark Sea, Dinosaurs and Space and I have already put them on my daughter’s Christmas list.
I think this is a book which will be useful for many years to come and is definitely recommended by this household.
RRP: £4.99 (Paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.