illustrated by Jill
Barefoot Books, 2010
Early Years Award
Shortlisted for Best
Book for babies under
one year old
2010 Notable Books for
for summer reading
Books and Cafe
* The New
Spring Board Book
* French board
the book jacket:
how my garden grows?
what creatures are busy in the
There are moles dig-dig-digging,
rabbits hop-hop-hopping and
frogs leap-leap-leaping in every
little about the book:
This is my first peek-a-boo book. I
didn't plan it that way, but I do
love peek-a-boo books! The surprise
is always a thrill, and looking for
the surprise is a great visual
Speaking of visual "literacy," one
of the many wonderful things about a
picture book is that you can return
to an image at will. It won't vanish
from view at the speed of film. How
nice to take your time, explore,
savor, repeat the experience over
and over, AND discover more and more
as you keep looking. The artist of Who's in the
Garden, Jill McDonald,
created a zillion fun things to stop
and look at in her garden
The idea for this book actually
began with an activity song David
and I wrote (I'll post the tune here
once I figure out how!).
Meanwhile, the words:
coming to see how my garden grows
garden grows, my garden grows?
coming to see how my garden grows?
between the rows!
Children could keep the song going,
adding more garden animals "between
the rows," the ones in the
Inchworms inch-inch-inching between
between the rows.
Lizards dart-dart-darting between
Fireflies flit-flit-flitting between
Activities for getting up and moving
Children form two lines, facing each
other. The child at the head of each
line takes the part of the animal
named, and hops, skips, jumps down
the middle with his/her partner,
then take his/her place at the end
of each line.
in one place for storytime: hand motions
could describe the action: creeping,
In a choral performance, part of the
group could sing the questions, and
the rest of the group could sing the
As a possible playlet, there are
plenty of parts for gardeners,
hoppers, leapers, crawlers....
Creating the props would be fun too.
Jill's use of patchwork and collage
offer some good clues on how to make
a memorable environment for the
The fun doesn't stop with Who's in the
Garden? Check out Who's in the
Forest? and Who's
in the Farmyard? too.
"With oversize die-cuts on every other
page, this look at a young girl’s
backyard garden allows children to
play peekaboo and guess who as they
encounter on the next spread, the
bees, birds and frogs that live there.
McDonald’s occasionally whimsical
mixed-media collages are engaging,
colorful and busy with detail, and
Gershator’s simple rhyming
question-and-answer text is appealing
and age appropriate, making this a
nice introduction to outdoor critters
for young children." The
New York Times online