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Setting aside the notion of gardens as places of tranquilly, this picture book depicts a bustling kitchen garden. Two children help a man with planting, watering, and harvesting vegetables, while a dog, a cat, and a rabbit observe the fun. All around them, snails, caterpillars, birds, bugs, and worms creep, crawl, fly, climb, dig, and generally cavort about this flourishing garden. The ink-and-watercolour illustrations offer plenty of details for children to explore. Cutaway views show small critters nestled in their underground homes between root vegetables. As noted in the title, a repeated theme in the rhymed couplets is the direction plants grow: "Broccoli grows up. / Beets grow down. / Green beans climb / around and around." The short verses create a quick pace and an upbeat tempo throughout. Pair this with Janet Stevens' Tops and Bottoms (1995) for a lively story hour or classroom unit on gardens. Carolyn Phelan
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Katherine Ayres is the author of A LONG WAYand MATTHEW'STRUCK. She says, "For me as a child, strawberries equaled summer. The best dinners were those with sweet corn and tomatoes fresh from my grandfather's garden." She lives in Pittsburgh. Nadine Bernard Westcott has illustrated more than one hundred books for children. UP, DOWN, AND AROUND reminds her of her husband's garden: "By the end of summer, the squash, ornamental gourds, and pumpkins have taken over!" She lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
A pleasant introduction to planting and prepositions. --School Library Journal The ink-and-watercolor illustrations offer plenty of details for children to explore...short verses create a quick pace and an upbeat tempo throughout. --Booklist An inviting introduction to the wonder of plants, food and gardening, this charming selection will be a favorite of teachers, students and home readers alike. --Kirkus Reviews