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In My Backyard

by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Ron Broda

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list price: $21.99
edition:Hardcover
published: March 2007
ISBN:9780887767753
publisher: Tundra
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From the singing of little wrens in spring to paper wasps building their nests in summer; from baby bats drinking mother’s milk in fall to baby possums climbing into mother’s pouch in winter, In My Backyard celebrates nature and backyard animals through the seasons. Wildlife artist Ron Broda’s detailed paper-sculpture art beautifully complements Margriet Ruurs’ lyrical text, and young readers will discover a captivating variety of animals and insects.

Find the ladybug in each illustration, along with a hidden animal, which becomes featured on the next page. A detailed legend and helpful hints on how to turn your own backyard into an inviting place for animals to live make this book a must-have for wildlife and nature lovers alike.

Contributor Notes

Margriet Ruurs is the author of many books for children, including Wild Babies and A Mountain Alphabet. She has a Masters Degree in Education and has spent her adult life both writing books for children and teaching children about books. She has spent a great deal of time hiking and camping in the mountains and traveling. Margriet Ruurs has lived across North America and now makes her home in Oregon.

Ron Broda is a renowned children’s book illustrator and paper sculptor. With over fifteen years in advertising, art directing, and commercial illustration, Ron combines techniques in paper sculpture and watercolor to create vivid illustrations with great detail and realism. He has created unique ad campaigns and art pieces for clients like Coca Cola, Chrysler, and Xerox. He has been named one of the “top 5 Canadian Illustrators.” His award-winning children’s books are sold worldwide. Ron Broda lives in Sarnia with his wife Joanne and their children. When not in his studio, Ron makes time to tour various libraries and schools.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Editorial Review

“In brief text and lavishly colorful illustrations, Ruurs and Broda demonstrate the diverse abundance of wildlife that frequents our backyards…Ruurs’ new book reflects her admirable desire to help children learn to appreciate the majesty of their natural surrounds…Recommended.”
—CM Magazine

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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In My Backyard

In My Backyard opens the door to a garden that is home to a variety of creatures and plant life. No matter what the season or time of day or night, our backyards are busy places. Readers will become acquainted with slow-moving snails, calling toads, hovering hummingbirds, slithering snakes, dancing butterflies, hungry opossums and more.

Margriet Ruurs approaches her subject matter with sensitivity. Her text is gentle and lyrical: “A butterfly dances on the wind, bringing a rainbow of colours to my garden.” A legend provides us with helpful information on how our own backyards can also become a haven for all manner of wildlife.

It is Ron Broda's amazing paper sculptures which will make readers wonder, “How does he do that?” Each page is a visual feast. Note the variety of paper textures, the exquisite details, the contrast of vivid and muted colours, and the realistic backyard view from the creatures’ perspective. One can examine Broda's artwork many times over, yet still notice something new. Can you find the ladybug in each illustration? Have you discovered the hidden animal that becomes featured on the following page?

Inspired by In My Backyard, readers will see their own backyards as they never have before. What a fine way to encourage budding naturalists to reconnect with nature!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2007. Vol.30 No.3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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In My Backyard

Striking paper sculptures complement the lyrical text of this celebration of nature, the seasons and backyard animals. Includes a legend to creatures appearing in the book, tips on inviting animals to backyards, as well as facts on birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and composting.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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