- Virginia Johnson
In Aliki’s Quiet in the Garden, a young boy settles down in what he thinks is a quiet garden—and yet, when he is quiet, too, and listens, he hears the animals all around him. He sees what they are doing, from the robin to the fish to the worm to the rabbit.
In their company, he experiences the simple joys of the natural world. With pleasant repetition cumulating in a feast for all, the garden may not be exactly quiet, but it is a most amazing, nurturing place.
Children who like the outdoors, especially backyard wildlife, will very much enjoy this as a read-aloud. It is the perfect story for just before an afternoon nap, perhaps in a garden or a park or even inside near a sunny window. The last page explains how readers can create their own small gardens.
Young ones who like this brightly illustrated book featuring friendly animals may also enjoy Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal for the summertime, Mousekin’s Thanksgiving for the fall, and Jan Brett’s The Mitten when the winds blow cold. Children who are ready to listen to or read chapter books—with lots of lovely pictures—will find Robert Lawson’s classic Rabbit Hill a wonderful story for bedtime.