This narrative text, In The Garden, written in the first person, captures a young girl’s delight as she picks produce from the garden and puts it into a variety of containers. The climax to the story is predictable – and delicious! This book supports the comprehension strategies of using prior knowledge, making connections using real-life experiences, making and confirming predictions, and inferring. It builds on the sentence structure in the Dragonflies emergent title The Picnic and provides opportunities for practising one-to-one word matching, recognising high-frequency words, and cross-checking the print with the illustration. Text features – the high-frequency words – I, in, my, the – the plural nouns – apples, beans, flowers, potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes – the repeated initial consonant “b” – bag, basket, beans, box, bucket – the initial consonant blends – -fl , -str – the first-person narration – the use of the ellipsis for anticipation – the repetitive sentence structure, with a change on pages 7 and 8 – the two word changes per page – the visual sub-plot – the bee, butterfly, and dog appear on most pages.
Themes covered in this book are: Food, Environment
Reading Level: 3-5 (Red)