Holly Bloom's Garden

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About the Author

Sarah Ashman is an editor and talent representative specializing in comics and humor. She was the vice president and director of comic arts for United Feature Syndicate/Newspaper Enterprise Association, where she successfully acquired and developed Scott Adams's Dilbert. She lives in Tarrytown, New York. Nancy Parent has written and developed several lines of books as well as extensive collateral materials for Scholastic Books and Random House. She is the author...

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Overview

About the Author

Sarah Ashman is an editor and talent representative specializing in comics and humor. She was the vice president and director of comic arts for United Feature Syndicate/Newspaper Enterprise Association, where she successfully acquired and developed Scott Adams's Dilbert. She lives in Tarrytown, New York. Nancy Parent has written and developed several lines of books as well as extensive collateral materials for Scholastic Books and Random House. She is the author of more than 75 children's books, including Oh Bother! It's the Easter Bunny, a Publishers Weekly children's bestseller. She was the script supervisor and production coordinator on Disney's The Little Mermaid and The Prince and the Pauper and the senior editor of Disney's Mouse Works imprint. She lives in Pasadena, California. Lori Mitchell is an award-winning author and illustrator whose first children's book, Different Just Like Me, was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Today and was an American Booksellers Association Kids Pick of the Lists 1999. She lives in San Diego, California.

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Editorial Reviews

Family Journal
Full of vibrant illustrations...charming.
MyShelf.com
[The illustrations are] detailed and lovely. It's a smooth read aloud...[that] creates a warm and comforting place for young readers.
LookingGlassReviews.com
Beautifully illustrated with a simple text and a warm message, this picture book is a real treasure.
Metro Parent Magazine
Perfect for the child struggling to find her or her own talent.
Children's Literature
Holly feels like a misfit; she's "as grouchy as the thorns on a rosebush." Her mother, sister, and brother all grow beautiful flowers, but all of Holly's attempts at gardening flop—literally. Her family tries to help, but nothing seems to work. After her dad, an artist, gently reminds her that there are many different kinds of tools to help a garden grow, Holly has an idea. In her own way she grows a beautiful garden, full of color and life, a garden that will last forever. The authors have fun with language throughout the book, using, for example, various plant names for the characters. There is Holly's sister Rosie, her brother Bud, and her mother Iris; her mother's nickname for her is Sweetpea. Interestingly, it is her non-gardening father, Harold, who uses the only other non-botanical name in the book—he calls Holly "Ladybug." The authors play with alliteration—"her dahlias drooped before she even had dessert"—without overdoing it. The illustrator has created lovely pictures with a slightly old-fashioned flavor, using acrylic paints with black pencil outlines. Though the human figures are at times a tad flat, the warmth and love in the family interactions shine through. This is a sweet story about a young girl who persists despite multiple failures, finally finding her own unique way to shine. A common enough theme in children's literature, it is used here without a heavy hand, creating a book that is pleasing to the ear, eye, and mind. 2004, Flashlight Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Dawn Elizabeth Hunt
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Holly Bloom is called "Sweetpea" by her mom and "Ladybug" by her dad. She longs to grow flowers like those of her mother, Iris, and siblings, Rosie and Bud, but she doesn't seem to have the knack. Everything she plants either wilts or droops. Finally, in a burst of inspiration, she creates a glorious garden out of tissue paper, crepe paper, and pipe cleaners that is "guaranteed to last forever." This is a satisfying resolution to a story of perseverance and self-discovery. However, the writing style is a bit precious, and the characters' overly cute names detract from the tale's merit. Lush, detailed drawings in pencil and acrylics fill the pages with sunny cheer.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"A satisfying resolution to a story of perseverance and self-discovery."  —School Library Journal

"A sweet story about a young girl who persists despite multiple failures, finally finding her own unique way to shine . . . pleasing to the ear, eye, and mind."  —Children's Literature

"This story will resonate with children who may have problems standing out in a family or who haven't found the activity they shine at yet."  —Booklist

"Sweet and well told."  —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972922500
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Ashman is an editor and talent representative specializing in comics and humor. She was the vice president and director of comic arts for United Feature Syndicate/Newspaper Enterprise Association, where she successfully acquired and developed Scott Adams's Dilbert. She lives in Tarrytown, New York. Nancy Parent is the author of more than 75 children's books, including Oh Bother! It's the Easter Bunny, a Publishers Weekly children's bestseller. She was the script supervisor and production coordinator on Disney's The Little Mermaid and The Prince and the Pauper and the senior editor of Disney's Mouse Works imprint. She lives in Pasadena, California. Lori Mitchell is an award-winning author and illustrator whose first children's book, Different Just Like Me, was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She lives in San Diego.

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