|This picture is enlarged from a teeny thumbnail from librarything because Amazon doesn't have one.|
Crossley-Holland's rhyming couplets are entrancing--though they most definitely require adult interpretation; the vocabulary and word choice make clear this is not for kids to read themselves. Each illustration is like an "I Spy" type puzzle: you know there are the specified number of each item in the picture of each garden, so finding how many various groups you can spot is fun, and there are hidden treasures along the way, as well. For someone like me, who enjoys discovery in numbers and counting is relaxing, this book is a dream. Incidentally, it has helped both of my boys to fall asleep at naptime on numbers of occasions! I really cannot say enough about how fun and beautiful this book is. Apparently I'm making it my personal mission to make it popular enough to get a flippin' picture of the cover on Amazon, too.