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In the Garden

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A young boy digs in the dirt and plants seeds. Time passes and the seeds grow into something amazing.

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A young boy digs in the dirt and plants seeds. Time passes and the seeds grow into something amazing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Delicately illustrated spreads and a simple rhyme composed of nouns and two-word phrases show a boy planting seeds and waiting for them to grow in this first book in a seasonally themed board book series. The boy, with eyes the color of leaves and hair that matches the soil, “Hoes rows./ Pulls weeds./ Digs holes./ Drops seeds./ Covers/ Wets/ Waits/ Forgets.” Oliphant’s illustrations express the passage of time through changes in light, weaving subtle geometric textures into the sky, while Spurr’s careful descriptions capture the slow but gratifying process of planting and harvesting. Ages 1–3. Agent: Natalie Fischer Lakosil, Bradford Literary. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A young boy in red and white striped boots holding a big shovel looks out from the cover of his board book. Opening to the first spread a white picket fence stretches across the pages and four words describe the scene—sky, sun, tree, shade. The story is told in the pictures and the words emphasize certain items in each scene. The boy is using his spade to dig up the grass to create a garden. It is a big garden with many rows of vegetables and they must be weeded. The pictures next show the boy planting seeds and then the long wait while the sun and rain help the seeds germinate and push their way through the earth to face the sun. Now there are rows of green sprouts which eventually produce leaves, shoots and fruits. The weeding before the planting seemed a bit out of place and the final scene of the boy with a basket of tomatoes is not balanced. That many tomatoes in a basket would weight a considerable amount and certainly be byond what this young boy could handle. Those quibbles aside, young children will enjoy this introduction to nature and lesson depicting the life cycle of fruits and vegetables. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
It takes time for flowers to bloom, but the delightful fruits of this labor prove worth the wait. A young boy works to nurture his blossoming yard. Individual words build to a natural crescendo. "Covers / Wets / Waits / Forgets / Rain / Sun / Boy shouts. / Green sprouts peep out!" The passage of time is clearly marked in the illustrations as the boy takes care of (and forgets) his gardening chores, and the natural rhymes reflect the growth of the season. No adults interfere with this child-centered experience. Subtle, understated spreads complement the powerfully quiet text. The soft lines move just enough to create gentle energy within each frame. The cherub-cheeked youngster maintains his gentle smile as he works. An imposing tree remains a focal point for the pictures in long shots, providing extra stability. Shifts in perspective allow children to get dirty with the young gardener. With a little water and tender loving care, it's a pleasure to watch this garden grow. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455812
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 22
  • Sales rank: 901,560
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

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    In the Garden

    This board book will fit perfect in a little ones hands as they beg you to read it to them over and over again.

    The story tells of a precious little boy and his garden. From hoeing and turning the soil to pulling weeds that keep popping up. Then he carefully adds seeds to each row he has prepared in nice mounds. He covers the seeds with soil then waters each row. Now he waits and watches for the first sprouts to appear. When he gets distracted in play away from his garden he happens to glance toward the garden and low and behold he sees rows of sprouts. The child eagerly tends his garden as it grows and blooms then eventually bears fruit.

    The author providing poetic words and the illustrator in painting a picture come together to create this darling book of about a child and his garden growing and becoming fruitful.

    This is a special book that not only teaches the child to be in touch with our earth but it also teaches them patience.

    I highly recommend this book for a special child in your life.


    I received a free copy of this book for review from Peachtree Publishers. I was not compensated in any way for this review. Its is my honest opinion.

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