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A GARDEN OF OPPOSITES by Nancy Davis

A GARDEN OF OPPOSITES

By Nancy Davis (Author) , Nancy Davis (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: March 10th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-85666-2
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

A pigtailed redhead takes readers through her garden, strikingly simple graphics demonstrating such opposing pairs as a “short” caterpillar and a “long” snake, “inside” and “outside” an apple (with jaunty leaf reorienting itself in opposing directions). Some pairings are more sophisticated than others—“different” and “alike” opposes two pairs of seemingly identical shamrocks in spot-the-difference fashion (one shamrock in one pair has four leaves, not three). The final spread presents the whole garden, with the girl holding butterflies “in” a jar; open the gatefold, and they fly “out,” over a scene in which many opposites are cleverly embedded. Despite its apparent simplicity, it’s not for the beginner, but a nifty complement to Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Black? White! Day? Night! (2006) for older toddlers and preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-5)