Home Lovely

Home Lovely

by Lynne Rae Perkins
     
 

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Hoping for trees or a flower garden, Tiffany transplants and cares for some seedlings that she finds and is surprised by what they become.

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Hoping for trees or a flower garden, Tiffany transplants and cares for some seedlings that she finds and is surprised by what they become.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Janelle and her daughter, Tiffany, move to an isolated trailer out in the country, Tiffany must spend long afternoons alone while Janelle is at work. Just when the TV and her Barbie doll begin to grow stale, Tiffany discovers something magical by the garbage cans: tiny green seedlings. Imagining trees and flowers, she transplants them alongside the driveway, her hopes of gracious living privately stirred by an article in her mother's ``Home Lovely'' magazine: ``A garden pleases the eye and is a companion to the soul.'' When Bob, the postman, comments on her tomato, melon and potato plants, the girl is devastated. But as the tender plants grow through the summer, so does a friendship. First-time author/artist Perkins fills this convincingly sweet tale with imaginative details and true-to-life dialogue. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations show invariably sunny scenes, with further bright spots created by the characters' gaily patterned clothes. A spacious story that allows ordinary loneliness and unexpected kindness to assume their proper proportions. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
Ellen Mandel
Young Tiffany moves with her mom, Janelle, to a trailer home that sits by itself, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Summer has just begun, and school is out. Janelle must go to work, can't afford a sitter, and is forced to leave Tiffany home alone every day. Rather than wallow in loneliness, Tiffany busies herself with, among other things, transplanting some seedlings she finds and tending them in the hope they will grow into flowers or trees. When kindly Bob, the mail carrier, admires Tiffany's tomatoes, melons, and potatoes, she is terribly disappointed to learn her plants are vegetables, not flowers. Sensitive to her feelings, Bob soon brings some pansy, marigold, and petunia plants along with the mail. As summer progresses, he also shares gardening tips to ensure Tiffany a healthy harvest. Realistically drawn in pen and ink and watercolors, the illustrations underscore the nurturing theme of the tender story: Janelle and Tiffany's spontaneous embrace at the kitchen sink while doing dishes, their playful outfitting of a scarecrow for the garden, and their experiments with new recipes for tomatoes and melons reflect the genuine love between mother and daughter. Bob's attentiveness reveals one gardener's support for another who's less experienced but eager to learn. Featuring strong, appealing characters, Perkins' first book is caringly phrased and washed in warm colors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688136871
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is also the author of the novel All Alone in the Universe, the award-winning companion to Criss Cross. An artist as well as a writer, Lynne Rae Perkins has published several acclaimed picture books, including The Broken Cat, Snow Music, Pictures from Our Vacation, and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.

Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is also the author of the novel All Alone in the Universe, the award-winning companion to Criss Cross. An artist as well as a writer, Lynne Rae Perkins has published several acclaimed picture books, including The Broken Cat, Snow Music, Pictures from Our Vacation, and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.

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