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Uno's Garden by Graeme Base

Uno's Garden (2006)

by Graeme Base

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When Uno moves to the forest he is surrounded by 100 plants, 11 imaginary animals, and zero buildings. As more human development occurs, the focus on the importance for finding balance with nature is seen.
  Jennifer LeGault | Sep 7, 2016 |
I love this book. It's a little sad to watch the population growth. Parents will see what is happening after just a few pages, but the children will take a little longer to catch up. There are many stories that address disappearing habitat and conservation; but I've never seen one that puts the math in numeric and visual terms so the reader truly absorbs the impact. ( )
  Angelina-Justice | Feb 3, 2014 |
Where did all of the Snortlepigs and Magnificent Moopaloops go? They use to inhabit the forest where Uno has decided to live and build his garden. As more people come to the forest to construct their own buildings, the fewer animals they see. It goes on like this until the forest no longer exists and the only thing left is an abandoned city, Uno, his Garden, and the Snortlepig. Sadly, both Uno and the Snortlepig died. Luckily, Uno’s decedents care for Uno’s garden and soon the forest and animals began to return, but not the Snortlepig. The book illustrates the importance of finding a balance between people and nature. It uses math to demonstrates how the number of buildings affects the number of animals and plants—a great mentor text! Children will be mesmerized by the cartoonish features and funny names of the people and made-up animals (Who wouldn’t want to see a Leaping Lumpybum?!). The pages feature little whitespace and are consumed with elaborate illustrations. The author also uses a diverse color palette that adjusts to the changing mood of the story. The text consists of only two or three sentences on the left-side of the page and illustrated math equations on the right-hand side. A great picture book that involves entertainment and a learning tool for ages 5-10 years old. Highly recommended. ( )
  nicoally | Dec 3, 2011 |
This book is about the main character who moves into the rain forest and creates his own garden full of many different plants. The garden is ruined when it becomes populated and urbanized but by the end of the book it goes back to normal. It is a good book to explain the life cycle of nature to children, and what ways they can keep the world "green". It teaches children about the ways they affect the environment and the pictures are beautifully illustrated to keep the reader engaged until the end.
  adh016 | Nov 23, 2010 |
This book has a truly great message that has been turned into a beautiful book for students to learn from and understand. It would be great to include during any unit on the environment, conservation, rainforest, and animals. The story starts out with the main character moving into a rainforest and creating a garden to be enjoyed by the many plants and creatures who surround him. Slowly though, it is torn apart and built over by urbanization and this character no longer has his habitat to enjoy. The story ends with the return of the garden as the city becomes less populated and returns to normal. This book really demonstrates the cycle of what is going on in nature because of human contact and is an excellent way to bring awareness to young children in a fun way.
  kagetzfred | Nov 3, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810954737, Hardcover)

Art + Arithmetic + Environmental Awareness=Graeme Base’s latest masterpiece

From the creator of the international best-sellers Animalia, The Water Hole, and Jungle Drums

Once again, beloved author Graeme Base introduces readers to a new world. And again, he interweaves the story with hidden images and mathematical problems (and solutions!), creating a book that can be read over and over, and at different levels for different ages.

When Uno arrives in the forest one beautiful day, there are many fascinating and extraordinary animals there to greet him—and one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig. Uno loves the forest so much, he decides to live there. But, in time, a little village grows up around his house. Then a town, then a city . . . and soon Uno realizes that the animals and plants have begun to disappear.

Uno’s Garden is a moving and timely tale about how we all unknowingly affect the environment around us, just by being there—and how we can always learn from our mistakes and find ways of doing things better. It's an illuminating blend of storybook, puzzle book, and math book.

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Uno builds a home and garden in the magnificent forest among the playful puddlebuts and feathered frinklepods, but as the place becomes more and more popular, it is overtaken by tourists and buildings until the forest and animals seem to disappear altogether.… (more)

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