Looking Closely inside the Garden
Kids Can, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Deb Kincaid
ooking Closely inside the Garden
is a well-written, exquisitely photographed book by teacher-photographer Frank Serafini. The author piques the child's interest with provocative questions ('
What do you see? A pair of chopsticks? An alligator's nose? What could it be?
e follows with a corresponding peephole page giving a glimpse of the surprise to come, and then, once the page is turned, reveals the accurate name and interesting facts about the Mormon cricket, for instance. On the facing page, a breathtaking, up-close photo of the insect completes the instruction. Serafini does the same with eight other gems of nature in this particular book of the
rank Serafini, whose background is literacy education and children's literacy especially, is a university professor. He is also an accomplished photographer whose skills are well demonstrated in this
series. Others of the series he's authored are:
Looking Closely along the Shore
Looking Closely through the Forest
Looking Closely across the Desert
ids Can Press, publisher of children's and young adult books, produces award winning books designed to foster a love of reading. What sets Kids Can Press apart is their expertise in inspiring social and environmental consciousness in a joyful way, at a level young kids can understand. Serafini's
books are one such series children ages 4-7 will surely enjoy.
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