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In My Backyard [Paperback]

By Valarie Giogas & Katherine Zecca (Illustrator)
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Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk and what is the name of its group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that! Counting from one to ten, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live. The For Creative Minds section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.5" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 10, 2007
Publisher   Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN  1934359173  
ISBN13  9781934359174  

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More About Valarie Giogas & Katherine Zecca

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Valarie Giogas, has been writing since she was a young child. As a teacher, her favorite part of teaching was the books. She's been writing for children ever since she discovered that she could combine her love for children's literature with her passion for writing. The idea for In My Backyard began when her son was in preschool. They always drove by a gaggle of geese and he would giggle when she told him the group name. When the geese had goslings, the idea for this book was cemented. A member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Valarie has also written articles for Hopscotch Magazine. Valarie and her family live in a suburb of Boston.

Valarie Giogas currently resides in Boston Boston.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > General > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > General > Nonfiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > Basic Concepts > Counting
5Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Fiction

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A joy to page through while reading aloud its verses to children  Sep 6, 2007
"Hopscotch Magazine" writer Valarie Giogas presents In My Backyard, a rhyming children's counting picturebook that, in addition to teaching young readers the numbers one through ten, also instructs them in the names of different types of baby animals that can be found in a typical backyard. "In my backyard I can see / a nest of five bunnies / twitching at me. / They've gotten through the garden gate. / Just look at all the plants they ate!" Katherine Zecca's beautifully realistic color illustrations of baby animals cute enough to snuggle make In My Backyard a joy to page through while reading aloud its verses to children, or encouraging children to read the verses themselves.
Oh dear, what a sweet story  Jul 18, 2007
Sylvan Dell Publishing brings In My Backyard to the lineup of great children's books released in 2007. Written by newcomer Valarie Giogas and illustrated by Katherine Zecca, this scientific adventure introduces children (and adults, admittedly) to the family names of a host of common animals found around rural and suburban homes.

The story uses a sing-song rhythm that typically delights the young reader with familiarity. It provides practice in basic counting skills from one to ten. This may be a book with a limited audience due to the strict scientific nature of the topic, but any child with an interest in animals and wildlife will find it fascinating. Akin to virtually all Sylvan Dell books, it is a teacher or home schooling parent's dream.

Also with all Sylvan Dell releases, the story is followed up by various activities and expanded teaching opportunities. In My Backyard includes a memory game that can be printed from the publisher's website, extra counting exercises, and helpful information regarding wildlife and caring for injured animals.

Katherine Zecca has written and illustrated various other animal-themed children's titles including River Song, A Puffin's Year, and Why Puppies Do That.

Armchair Interviews says: Another Sylvan Dell winner.
Backyard Treasures  Jul 10, 2007
Children will have fun reading this book, probably not even realizing that at the same time they are learning about the animals they can see close by their homes. They will also have fun counting the baby animals. In My Backyard presents ten different animals in their backyard habitat. Author Valerie Giogas uses rhyming and some alliteration in her pleasurable and informative text.

Katherine Zecca's illustrations entrance the eye not only with lifelike renderings of the animals up close, but also with their habitats. For instance the squirrels are snuggled in their tree trunk nest or the moles move about in their burrows. The activities in the book will keep a child or classroom busy and happy while learning. One engrossing thing a child or preschool class can do is look for the "signs" that animals leave to show they are around. What a treasure hunt that will be! Recommended for children two years through seven years.

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