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IN MY GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN

Author: Kit Eakle

Illustrator: Jean Eakle with Aubyn Eakle

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Publisher: MusicKit, ©2001

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is a true story about her spending time with her grandmother. With word and music script, Aubyn tells the story of the times she would spend in the garden with her grandmother, the bouquets they would make, and how sometimes they painted pictures of the garden. Music sheets accompany the text so that you can learn the tune as you play/read along. It comes with a CD.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 10 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "This is pretty." Our daughter really focused on the music and the words, adding her own memories about spending time with her grandmother at the end. She was more interested in us playing and singing the story than the CD.

Adult Reader Reaction: Our daughter wanted us to "sing" this book, which meant we had to sit at the piano. I don't know what we would have done without some musical instrument to play it on. This is a nicely tuned song, and the sentiment is very nice, I just wish it didn't have the music notes on the page because as the *reader* you don't get to enjoy the beautiful paintings. [The one that look like scanned images are less effective.] Because it is a song, many of the words/phrases are repeated, and with only a line or two on each page, this has potential for helping new readers.

Pros: Beautiful, colorful paintings and a story told in song make this a creative way to share a book.

Cons: Because the musical notations stare you in the face on every page, if you don't have an instrument, you may want to skip this book. Kids won't be able to help themselves in asking you to sing or play the tune. Just having the sheet music at the back (which it does) would have been nicer.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The pictures are worth spending an afternoon exploring grandmother's garden. You'll want to see the layout to decide if the musical presentation works for you.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GRANDMOTHERS' STORIES; Wise Woman Tales from Many Cultures   ABADABA ALPHABET; LEARNING LETTER SOUNDS   POETRY SPEAKS TO CHILDREN (book and CD)

Educational Themes: This is a book that you can use to show how songs tell stories ... and maybe encourage you to pick a story and set it to music yourself.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, music, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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