Gemby Holly Hobbie
For nearly four decades, watercolorist Holly Hobbie has drawn inspiration from the wonders of nature. During one especially hard winter, she found herself imagining the story of a determined toad's spring journey. Her vivid depiction of this endearing creature's glorious yet fragile world is a/i>/i>
Look carefully. There may be a gem in your garden.
For nearly four decades, watercolorist Holly Hobbie has drawn inspiration from the wonders of nature. During one especially hard winter, she found herself imagining the story of a determined toad's spring journey. Her vivid depiction of this endearing creature's glorious yet fragile world is a sparkling celebration of survival and renewal. From the muddy brown road outside a farmhouse to the sweet-smelling garden to the cool lily pads in the pond, readers will feel their senses rejuvenated by Holly Hobbie's gemlike, detailed paintings in this nearly wordless work.
* "Hobbie clearly delights in painting the arrival of spring, and Gem is its living embodiment."Publishers Weekly, starred review"
Hobbie's watercolor with pen-and-ink illustrations are wonderful. The toad is depicted realistically while still imbued with personality and comic expressions, making it an engaging character.... a nearly wordless toad-a-riffic time."School Library Journal"
The watercolor and ink pictures themselves are a pure and verdant delight.... a welcome reminder of spring and of the truth that, like all wild animals, 'toads are not pets. They want to be free, like everything does.'"The Bulletin"
A shining star in the collection of Holly Hobbie books."Library Media Connection
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- Hachette Digital, Inc.
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 8 MB
- Age Range:
- Up to 3 Years
Meet the Author
Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of eleven highly acclaimed Toot&Puddle picture books as well as Fanny, Fanny and Annabelle, and Everything but the Horse. She has also written an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.
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Yes, this is a gem. This is the endearing, tender tale about a toad's perilous journey to the author artist's garden, where he is found by her little granddaughter who allows him to live free. Except for two letters, the first from grandmother to granddaughter, and the second, the granddaughter's reply , the book is wordless. The charming watercolor paintings of a farm in spring will warm any heart even in the coldest of winters. Appended are interesting facts about toads. The author expresses the idea that all life is amazing if one studies it. A retired children's librarian of many years, I would highly recommend it for four to six-year-olds and anyone who wants a beautiful, heartwarming book.