Up, Down and Around

Up, Down and Around
by Katherine Ayres, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.

There is just something about gardening picture books that I adore.  Hmm.  Maybe it has something to do with my obvious love of bunny books.  Ah well.

This book by Ayres works on many levels.  It is a rollicking, rhyming book with a focus on whether a specific vegetable grows up, down or around.  There is corn, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes and pumpkins, and many more. 

With Westcott’s friendly illustrations filled with smiling bugs, hungry rabbits, flitting crows, and grinning children, it is a visual treat.  Ayres’ rhymes are such fun, with repetition and using the same initial sounds.  Toddlers and preschoolers will be drawn in immediately.

This picture book offers a friendly look at prepositions, a glimpse at gardening, and rhymes.  It is perfect to add to your gardening storytimes, especially for the youngest listeners.