Read On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole Online


Caroline lives on Meadowview Street. But where's the meadow? Where's the view? There's nothing growing in her front yard except grass. Then she spots a flower and a butterfly and a bird and Caroline realizes that with her help, maybe Meadowview Street can have a meadow after all....

Title : On Meadowview Street
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ISBN : 9780060564810
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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On Meadowview Street Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2018-11-18 05:23

    Finally! An "environmental message" book that is actually positive and shows something that kids (and their parents) can do in their own yard to help make the world a greener, more natural place!

  • Steve Holden
    2018-11-28 04:57

    *A new year and another year winding down with a unit on positive change. My class this year loved this story! The illustrations tell a wonderful story, and the text plays a supporting role. When a family moves to Meadowview Street, a young girl named Caroline becomes curious if there's actually meadow on the street. When there isn't, she takes action, and sets forth a change for the entire street. This is a great part of our unit on positive changes and impacts on our environment. It focuses on a young girl and family who move into a new house on Meadowview Street. It gets her thinking why the street is named such without a meadow. As her father is mowing the lawn, she's hit with inspiration, and protects a small flower growing in the back yard from the lawnmower. She ties it off and before long, her patch spreads and spreads. Her family supports her cause, and soon, the lawnmower is sold and the entire yard back yard becomes a meadow. The story is simple. The message is easy for children to pick up. The illustrations are beautifully presented and are an integral part to the story. In terms of our reading focus, we use this heavily for using context and illustrations to further our understanding of a story. This is a good part of our curriculum.

  • Rosita
    2018-12-02 23:20

    This is a sweet story book for a small group to be read to in the age of 3-7 years-old. Carolina has explore a mayflower in her yard. The illustration is well done with colorful pictures and family friendly. Carolina enjoy taking care of her garden as she was experiencing different kind colors everywhere and species. Carolina perserve her yard by adding a trees, two ponds, and several wrens for the birds. Caroline and her family worked on the yard, there were more changes and different creatures. The neighborhoods enjoyed Carolina's yard they started to plants their own garden, too.Learning Experience: Math and Science: The children can count all the species and named them. The child can build a bird house or a nest.

  • Britta
    2018-11-20 07:26

    Best environmental kid's book I've seen so far. I've heard it said that suburban developments and streets are named after what was destroyed to build them. This girl's house is on such a street, but, little by little, she adds native flowers, trees and shrubs, (while her Dad sells the lawn mower!), and turns her yard back into meadow! She and her dad add a pond and a bird house as well, and many native animals return. Soon other neighbors are doing the same.We live this book because we went through this process before our daughter was born. It's wonderful to show her what we did and why (and how it attracts many of her favorite animals). This is a fantastic book about adding nature to our home landscapes. It explains this environmental concept so that children (and parents) can understand and be motivated to make changes! And it's beautifully drawn too. I recommend this highly for preschool and elementary school students.

  • Yi-ching
    2018-12-04 04:21

    Caroline and her family moved into their new house on Meadowview Street. Noticing a small blossom in the yard, Caroline made a wildflower preserve. Following by planting a maple tree, building birdhouses, and building a pond, Caroline and her family made their yard a home to many things. Their neighbors also started to transform their yards. It's a great story showing children that they are never too small to do anything, and they are able to make a difference. The illustrations show that Caroline was building the wildflower preserve, watering the flowers, cutting the wood, nailing pieces together, and painting birdhouses with the help and support from her parents. The illustrations on the title page and the copyright page show the before and after scene of the transformation of the yards on Meadowview Street.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-12-08 02:22

    This is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations. I loved the message about making a home for animals and plants right in your own backyard. I love how Caroline starts by saving one flower then building on that and creating a paradise out of what started as a manicured lawn. And when Meadowview Street is transformed it is a very appealing place. This is a great book for nature lovers and for letting children know that they can make a difference if they speak up about and then do some work on something that is meaningful for them.

  • Anners
    2018-11-28 00:02

    When Caroline moves to Meadowview street, she realizes something strange: there's no meadow anywhere to be found! So she promptly sets out to create her own, bit by bit, starting with a single flower, until gradually, her lawn is transformed into a gorgeous, sprawling meadow. Eventually her neighbors follow suit, and before she knows it, she's brought the meadow back to Meadowview street. This eco-friendly picture book demonstrates how even a small step in the right direction can make a difference.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-24 01:22

    I for one would have preferred the freshly mowed lawn.

  • Rebecca Tversky
    2018-12-10 05:58

    It was fun combining a move with a series of efforts that turned a yard in to a small meadow and inspired neighbors to do the same. The young girl's excitement eliminated the worry from the life change and brought happiness to quite a few people and animals.

  • Carla
    2018-12-09 03:18

    I first learned of On Meadowview Street in a preschool nature program at Elkhart County Parks. I loved how one girl who chose to protect a flower could influence her whole neighborhood. That theme of there being good things in this world and actually being the good has resonated with me the last several years. What we do matters.On Meadowview Street, by Henry Cole, describes the tale of a young girl moving to a new neighborhood. Having moved probably twenty times in my forty years of life, I instantly could relate to the moving truck on the first page and the furniture on the lawn as the family moved into their new house. The girl, Caroline, soon notices a small blossom as her father is mowing. She develops a bond as she admires its beauty. Caroline decides she'll save this flower. She puts up a string fence around the flower. The father agrees, as it's less mowing for him. My husband really likes this path of least resistance too. We'll have to plant even more natives to cut down on his mowing.As she protected her small wildlife preserve, she noticed another wildflower and expanded her fence until it was quite large. Butterflies started to visit. Her father put the lawn mower up for sale. Caroline decided she needed a shady spot and her parents helped get a maple tree for the yard. Soon, a wren visited the tree. Of course, they needed to build a bird house for the wren. A nest was built in the birdhouse. Caroline realized they would need water and she and her dad mad a pond."The more Caroline and her family worked on their yard, the more it changed. It was now a home to many things." As we read through the story, more and more life is found in the yard, in contrast to the short lawns in neighboring yards. Children, however, are peeking over the fence to see the many things in Caroline's yard. Soon, the neighbors' yards start changing as well."Now there really was a meadow On Meadowview Street . . . and a home for everyone." Many of the animals and flowers that can be found in the yard are illustrated, from the mud turtle to the brown bat, to the black-eyed Susan.This is a simple book with lovely illustrations. It's a great read aloud book. The reader easily can see the sequence of events as the yard keeps growing and growing, becoming a great natural habitat.I immediately think of the book, Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded e by Doug Tallamy as I look through the illustrations. He advocates native plants that will host the insects that the larger animals need to continue the food chain. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded is a great counter part book for adults to understand on a more scientific level the need to use our yards for more than lush green grass that supports little wildlife.Here is a little video to hear the book first hand. I personally would follow this book up with an activity to bring the message home, such as planting native plants, building a bird house, or planning ways to improve the habitat in one's own yard, such as adding a water element. Here is a website that lists several extension activities and related books as well. I'm grateful for people who pull together good ideas! Teaching Books also has some suggestions, including a reader's theater! That makes me miss teaching first grade. :-)I found On Meadowview Street at my local library and received Bringing Nature Home through the Indiana Master Naturalist program.http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot...

  • Julia Jasztal
    2018-12-05 05:04

    Mommy's review from 11/26/11 - 3.5 - Even though this isn't the shortest story we've ever read - by a long shot - I'd have liked it to be a little more in depth. Not much, just a very little bit.The story really is a good one. The story begins with Caroline moving to a new house on Meadowview St. and finding her backyard kind of plain. While outside in the yard one day while her father cuts the grass Caroline spots a wildflower and protects it.(She very easily convinces her dad to leave a huge patch of grass not mown and this patch gets bigger and bigger and bigger until the entire yard overgrown and the lawnmower put up for sale.)Eventually neighbors start to notice and while my neighbors would have called a community meeting and attempted to throw my family out of the development, Caroline's neighbors all grasp each others hands and start singing that song everyone always sings on t.v. around campfires.No, just kidding. They really don't do that. But they do all make their own meadows in their own yards which makes Meadowview St. full of meadows. This is a cute story, it's not something I'd recommend anyone run out and buy but I'm glad we read it.

  • Kathy Gunn
    2018-11-21 07:05

    (2007)Caroline and her family moves to a new house on a Meadowview Street. But where's the meadow? She finally spots a new blossom which she decides to protect from the lawn mower. It wasn't long before her preserve got bigger and bigger, and Dad finally decided to sell the lawn mower. They put in a pond and a tree, and soon, there were lawn mowers for sale and meadows up and down Meadowview Street.Themes: Conservation, meadow habitat, family working together.Ideas:Art-Disign a garden for your schoolyard. Design some birdhouses to go in your garden. Make a garden mural for your classroom.Writing--Make a list of things you and your class might do to improve your school or neighborhood.Social Studies--Invite someone from a local garden center to talk to the class. Choose one or two projects from your list to work on to improve your school or neighborhood.Science--Look at the pictures at the end of the story. Choose a plant or animal to learn about, write a report about the plant or animal you chose, and then share what you learned with the class.Picture Storybook

  • Jared White
    2018-12-07 01:07

    I really enjoyed this book and someday I want an atypical "lawn," kind of like the little girl creates...but I worry that some kids will read this and think it's that easy to change your yard into a meadow. But sometimes, even if you dig out all the grass and plant wildflower seeds, a whole lot of grass and weeds come up, too, and almost overtake the wildflowers. I guess it depends on where you live. I also know, unfortunately, some homeowners associations probably wouldn't allow you to do this to your yard. Even if your finished product was as nice as this little girl's.

  • Connie
    2018-11-26 07:18

    Caroline has moved into her new home, on the optimistically named "Meadowview Street". (There's no meadow, and not much view.)However, she notices a wildflower in her yard and quickly makes a small wildflower preserve... which grows, and grows, eventually including trees and a pond. As it grows, it becomes attractive to wildlife, and her neighbors are all taken in and make their own meadows.It's a pretty book, and the message isn't as anvilicious as it might be. You know what it reminds me off, oddly? Weslandia, about a boy whose summer project changes his classmates.

  • Larissa Langsather
    2018-11-13 00:02

    Mom: A little girl named Caroline moves to a new neighborhood on Meadowview Street and ends up creating a whole neighborhood meadow in the process. This is the kind of yard I ALWAYS wanted to have as a kid but my dad said was too unorganized- and also in my dad's defense was probably not something do-able because we were renting and didn't actually OWN the land where we lived. We were probably required to keep it neat and tidy, but I didn't know that nor was that concept ever explained to me.Girls: "It is so funny when everyone sells their lawnmowers!"

  • Carissa
    2018-12-08 05:12

    4. Suburban life--Fiction = correct. While this story is endearing and I love the idea, this wouldn't happen in a covenant-controlled suburban neighborhood. Sad. This is something I have been trying to talk a couple family members into doing, since they live out in the country. Who cares what your lawn looks like? Part of their lawn (about an acre) is now like this and they mow a little path that winds around in it. It's quite pleasant.

  • Yapha
    2018-11-18 05:22

    As Caroline wonders if there really is a meadow on Meadowview Street, she finds a wildflower in her front yard. She creates a little preserve for it, that grows, and grows until, you guessed it, there really is a meadow on Meadowview Street! This sweet book has a great message, but doesn't hit you over the head with it. It makes a great read aloud to a group, or for sharing one-on-one. But beware -- you may want to turn your yard into a meadow after reading this!

  • Heather
    2018-11-14 04:04

    Beware that this book might inspire kids to badger their parents to sell their lawn mowers and turn their yards into meadows! But it is a wonderful story to get children thinking more critically about the subject of land use and how our lawns and yards are not the natural state for land to be in and what that means for our relationship with the land and natural elements. Great read and really gets interesting responses from kids as it starts to make them think and ask questions.

  • Sonya Huser
    2018-12-06 00:10

    K-2 Indiana Suggested Summer Reading ListA girl moves to a new house on a street called "Meadowview." Being in a new subdivision, the yard has no view of a meadow, or any vegetation to speak of at all really. She convinces her parents to let her preserve part of the yard for wildflowers, and then eventually the preserve gets bigger and bigger until the whole yard is a 'meadow.' Jealous neighbors follow suit.

  • M Lee
    2018-11-29 04:02

    Caroline family moved to a new house on Meadowview Street with a large yard. As her dad was mowing, Caroline saw a nice flower and decided to preserve it. This turns into a long project that eventually converts the yard into a beautiful meadow with maple trees, a pond, and bird houses, and homes to many things. The story and drawings are beautiful and express the deep love of gardens and nature. It got me excited on what I can do with my yard.

  • Monica Ibrahim
    2018-11-17 01:56

    With spring finally here this would be such a nice book to read to your students. It is about a little girl that moves to a new neighborhood, her street is called "Meadowview" and even before exploring her neighborhood she starts caring for one flower which blooms and soon her yard transforms into a meadow. Her work inspires her neighbors and others around her including her own mom and dad. I loved this book I hope you all do too!

  • Susan
    2018-11-24 05:16

    A beautiful, touching story that gives a strong environmental message in a very gentle way. I enjoyed that that protagonist, Caroline, was a girl but one who built birdhouses and ponds with her dad while also sitting quietly and enjoying the birds, butterflies, and other insects that came to the garden. I also enjoyed the message that one person/family CAN make a difference. Finally, the illustrations make a beautiful accompaniment to the story.

  • GraceAnne
    2018-11-12 01:11

    Lovely, and not at all preachy: a gentle paean to the joys of growing things, especially things that do not involve mowing.I have never grasped the fascination with manicured lawns: I live in NYC but at its edges, and we have always had a place with a bit of land about it. Meadows are glorious, and a tiny patch of flowering weedery is rather more fun than a green and even lawn. This picture book tells all of that lucidly and with warmth.

  • Tim
    2018-11-11 07:04

    I've read some good kids book with good environmental messages, but this one somehow avoids the doom and gloom that others fall into. A family moves into a new house in a homogenous suburb. When the little girl finds a wildflower in the lawn, she creates an ecological preserve around it. The preserve eventually grows to include the whole yard and they develop it into a place where animals can live. Great pictures too!

  • Library Lady Terri
    2018-11-19 07:01

    This was the Family Read for the Longwood Reads program for 2016.The story of Caroline changing her community is truly inspiring. We read it at every preschool story time in the month of March and then had the children help transform our library to their own meadow. The 5 & 6 year old book group read the book as well and they saw a different aspect of Caroline and her community engagement.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-07 23:22

    My husband picked this up when he took our daughter to the library. What a great book! I love it because it's what we try do with home-make it a habitat for wildlife. I think it's so important for people to feel connected to nature and the world around them, and most people really aren't. If kids are brought up that way, I think it can change the world, and this book is so great to show kids how you can make your own little piece of the earth a healthy habitat.

  • Rachel Yingling
    2018-12-11 02:06

    This is a nice story that shares the message with the reader that one person really can make a difference in the world. Caroline lives in a house on Meadowview Street that does not have a meadow. She decides to change that and starts planting plants. She is able to create a meadow that the whole neighborhood appreciates.

  • Michele
    2018-12-09 23:02

    I love this book. I read it every spring to my first graders. It is a simple way of showing ways in which nature can be introduced into even the most sterile of backyards. I love how it ends with pictures of various animals that can be found in a backyard. We end our storytime with each students sharing different animals they have seen here in our town.

  • Cathy
    2018-12-05 06:03

    Wonderful to share for earth day! A young girl moves to a new house and changes her yard into a preserve. Beginning with one lone flower, and then adding trees (for shade), homes (for the birds) and water (for the birds and butterflies and insects) the yard transforms into a meadow, inspiring the neighbors to do the same.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-02 07:09

    Wish I could get away with doing this in my yard! Nice little story about cause-and-effect in the environment; it reminds me of the National Wildlife Federation's "Certified Wildlife Habitat" program.