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Kathryn's Call: Let's Build a backyard

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

Title: Let's Build a Backyard

Author: Mike Lucas

Illustrator: Daron Parton

Publisher: Lothian Children's Books

Publication Date: 27th April 2022

ISBN: 9780734421289

For ages: 3+ years

Type: Picture Book

Themes: Family, Backyards, Gardens, Gardening, Sustainability, Rhyming ​

Let’s Build A Backyard is the newly published companion book to Let’s Build A House, both written by South Australian author Mike Lucas. This latest release is a lively and vibrant account of a time spent in the backyard of the father and his young daughter from the first book, working together to create a very special place.

From the very beginning of this delightful and energetic book the young reader will enjoy the action that the clever rhyming words impart. Each step of the building a backyard journey is labelled clearly, followed by the short rhyme, and with three action words highlighted across a double page spread.

Mix in some compost.

“Use your fork to turn, turn, turn.

A little help from all the worms.

Watch them wriggle, see them squirm.”

Squirm! Squirm! Squirm!

The bright and colourful illustrations by Daron Parton complement the text perfectly and showcase the steps needed to create the new garden. This book has a very welcome and gentle introduction to the topic of sustainability for young children with mention of looking after a tree, making a possum box and a bee hotel, installing sprinklers, creating a vegetable patch, as well as adding compost.

This is a perfect book to read aloud to young children and engage them in the story by allowing them the opportunity to do the actions as it is read. A welcome addition to a home, school or public library.

Reviewed by Kathryn Beilby.

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