My review of The Beautiful Garden of Eden- written by Gary Bower – illustrated by Barbara Chotiner
Review of The Beautiful Garden of Eden
-written by Gary Bower and illustrated by Barbara Chotiner-
The BEAUTIFUL Garden of Eden takes the story of Adam and Eve to a fun, playful level by mimicking the classic rhyming style of “The House that Jack Built”. Gary Bower did an impressive job turning this well known Bible story into a fun rhyming book that will have you and your kids smiling and giggling.
I’m always on the hunt for new children stories to review, and my kids LOVE when I get a new book in the mail and it’s for them instead of me! I was instantly drawn to Gary Bower’s book covers. The artwork is similar to that of Eric Carle’s books, of whom I am a big fan, as well as my kids. The illustrations, beautifully done by Barbara Chotiner, the childish font, and the rhyming of the story made this book very appealing for me and my kids.
I will say, the fact that this is a picture book with bold, colorful illustrations, definitely gave me the impression this would be a book my kindergartner would love. Some of the words themselves, though, were on a higher level of reading then most kids her age. So, though the artwork was fun and simple, the rhyming and the words themselves were a little more difficult for a young child. Words like “upheaval” and “calamitous” were a little over her head. It didn’t change her admiration for the book itself though, and she still loves reading it with me.
I then took the book to my third grader, who was able to sound out the words, but when you’re trying to read the rhyme in rhythm and song, those big words make it harder to find a smooth flow. That being said though, it did make it really fun when mom was reading, and started reading faster and faster. My son and I got good laughs out of it, and even though kids his age are more into chapter books, he did enjoy reviewing this book with me.
All in all, this was a very cute children’s book I would definitely recommend Gary Bower’s books.
-I received this book for free through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review