Inch by Inch: The Garden Song

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'Inch by Inch, Row by Row, Gonna Make This Garden Grow!' This picture book version of a favorite popular song charts the faithful progress of a young boy who overcomes every obstacle'rock and weeds and a hungry old crow'and makes his garden overflow with bounty. Included are the song lyrics set to music for guitar and piano.

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Overview

'Inch by Inch, Row by Row, Gonna Make This Garden Grow!' This picture book version of a favorite popular song charts the faithful progress of a young boy who overcomes every obstacle'rock and weeds and a hungry old crow'and makes his garden overflow with bounty. Included are the song lyrics set to music for guitar and piano.

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Inch by inch, row by row, a child grows a garden with the help of the rain and the earth. Based on a popular folksong.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Charming pictures, appealing to tiny gardeners, make this melodic book an interactive experience. Read the book first, teach the song, then "sing" the book: "Inch by inch, row by row/ gonna make this garden grow/ All it takes is a rake and a hoe/ and a piece of fertile ground." Music included.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
With a jaunty walk and a bright yellow hat, a young boy with a rake on his back sets out to make a garden. Using the words of Mallett's familiar song, "inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow," our young protagonist proceeds to create his garden. Artist Ora Eitan has added another dimension to the song, because the deceptively simple pictures can successfully tell the story without the text. An added bonus is the music and words of the song found at the end of the book.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1In this picture-book version of the song first published in 1975 (Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co.), a young child plants seeds, prays that God will bless them, weeds and tends them, and, finally, gleans a bountiful harvest. The rhyming text, which is at times ambiguous (``Feel the need to grow my own/`cause the time is close at hand''), takes second place to the delightful illustrations. The young gardener, wearing a shirt, vest, and pants, with an oversized hat that covers facial features, could be male or female. Accompanied by a playful dog, the child works, slides down rainbows, defends the garden against a hungry crow, and gathers the produce. The paintings are large with some objects spilling over into the ample white space that makes up the borders. Employing a variety of media including cut paper, Eitan uses color and space to create a striking effect. For example, orange tones are picked up in the child's vest, the tree bark, fruits, roof tops, and the earth. Musical notation appears at the end of the book. Use this with Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup (Harcourt, 1987) and Douglas Florian's Vegetable Garden (Harcourt, 1991) for a celebration of gardening in story and song.Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064434812
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
  • Edition description: First Harper Trophy Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 571,352
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Mallett has written and nationally performed eight albums of original music. Over 100 other artists have performed Mr. Mallet's popular song music, including John Denver, The Muppets, and Arlo Guthrie. Mr. Mallett lives with his family in Maine and Tennessee.

Ora Eitan is well known in Israel for her many illustrated books for children, including No Milk and Sun Is Falling, Night Is Calling. Ms. Eitan, who has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, lives in Jerusalem.

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