"An intimate family portrait."Parenting
"An inspiration for younger children and their parents."The Boston Globe
"Fresh as a daisy."Publishers Weekly
“An urban African-American girl and her father buy plants, potting soil, and a window box at the supermarket, ride the bus to their apartment, and put together a colorful gift for the child’s mother. Rhyming verse carries the brief story, while wonderful, warm, full-color illustrations present scenes from novel angles, and depict a loving family with a sense of intimacy, sincerity, and joy.”--School Library Journal
EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.
Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com.
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A beautiful story and with beautiful illustrations. We love this book. Very simple rhyming couplets on each page. A lovely story of a girl and her father making a surprise window box for her mother. I like that the flower garden is in an urban setting. I bought this book because my daughter (age 3) loves flowers and she loves this book.
The realistic oil paintings in Flower Garden, created by illustrator Kathryn Hewitt, portray a comforting and carefree feeling. The reader follows a young girl as she carries a flower garden home from the grocery store. The rhymed verse accompanies the vibrant, lifelike illustrations that create this feeling. The hard work the girl puts into carrying home and preparing the flower garden for her mother¿s birthday adds to the warmth of this story. The detail and colors used on each page are extraordinary. The technique used by the illustrator gives the reader a sense that they are actually part of the setting. It is as if he or she feels and sees what is pictured on the pages. The illustrations in this book could tell a story on their own. Although the text is short and simple and positively contributes to the book, the illustrations set the theme, plot and mood of the story. This book focuses particularly on the young girl and tells a story from her point of view. As a result, young readers will relate to and find interest in this book. The feelings and thoughts of this little girl are captured exceptionally through her facial expressions and positions. Young children will certainly relate to and appreciate this detail as well. This book tells a beautiful story of an African American family and the love that exists among them. The attractive, colorful, real life illustrations, in addition to the characters and theme of the book, make for a truly unique piece of children¿s literature. Kathryn Hewitt deserves an award for the masterpiece she has created in Eve Bunting¿s book, Flower Garden.