In My Backyard

Summary:

The yard is full of baby animals for us to count, from one fawn (deer) to ten nymphs (grasshoppers). These are common animals that you'll find in most neighborhoods.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will learn more than they realize as they make their way through identifying and counting baby animals.

Content Awareness Factors:

It would be nice to know if the numbers correspond to the normal brood for these animals. Are foxes born nine at a time? It would be nice to have a book like this for larger numbers, too.


Little Kid Reaction

The kids liked the book. They recognized many of the animals, but didn't know their babies' names.

Parent Reaction

This is a fun approach to counting, but we were more attracted to the information about the animals and their habitats. The illustrations are great -- even the hatchlings (baby snakes) look (sorta) cute.

Type of Book:
This picture book uses rhyme and illustration to teach counting and baby animal names.
Educational Themes:

This is principally a book for counting and animal identification (i.e., learning the names of baby animals). The activities in the back and on the Sylvan Dell website can help reinforce that learning or expand it, too. We especially like the idea of looking for signs of the animals that live near you. That will also bring to life the animals' habitats.

Reading Level:
4.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
2 to 5
Age of child:
Shared with a class of twenty 5- and 6-year-old Kindergartners.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Even after your child has mastered counting to ten, you can use this as a guidebook for exploring the world around you.

Title In My Backyard
Author Valarie Giogas
Publisher Arbordale Publishing © 2007
Illustrators Katherine Zecca
ISBN 9780977742318
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Math, Nature
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