In My Grandmother's Garden

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. 


Young Reader (8):
"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. 

Parent Perspective:
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 looks 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 the potential for helping new readers.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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

Content Awareness Factors:

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.


Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
Music sheets accompany the text so that you can learn the tune as you play/read along. It comes with a 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.

Reading Level:
2.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title In My Grandmother's Garden
Author Kit Eakle
Publisher Musickit.Com © 2001
Illustrators Jean Eakle, Aubyn Eakle
ISBN 0971319405
Material Hard Cover
Cost $21.95
Genres Family, Nature, Music
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