Jack's Garden

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Come to the garden that Jack planted. You will see seeds and seedlings, buds and leaves. You will meet birds and bugs and butterflies. And best of all, you will watch the garden bloom! And maybe you will plant a garden yourself!

Cumulative text and illustrations depict what happens in Jack's garden after he plants his seeds.

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Overview

Come to the garden that Jack planted. You will see seeds and seedlings, buds and leaves. You will meet birds and bugs and butterflies. And best of all, you will watch the garden bloom! And maybe you will plant a garden yourself!

Cumulative text and illustrations depict what happens in Jack's garden after he plants his seeds.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol A. Flowers
"This is the garden that Jack planted." And how it abounds! From the teeming soil, to planting seeds, falling rain, sprouting seedlings, plants growing, flowers blossoming, insects sipping nectar, and the birds chasing them, the author/illustrator builds this cumulative story page by glorious page. The short lines of text run down the left side, leaving plenty of space on the double-page spread for the plants and animals. Colored pencil drawings realistically depict the gardener's overall view and also draw us a step closer; we can see the smaller life forms and underside views as page borders. An outstanding introduction to natural science that we can experience in our own backyards if we, too, decide to scatter some flower seeds.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A cumulative story that traces a little boy's backyard flower garden from tilling the soil to enjoying the blossoms. The text delightfully catalogs the process in a take-off on the old rhyme ``This Is the House That Jack Built.'' As the garden takes shape, readers see seedlings sprout and bud, flowers open, insects and birds visit and, at last, a lovely garden in full bloom. Each double-page spread is done in soft colored pencils on various colored background. The borders contain detailed labeled drawings of tools, insects, birds, eggs, and, of course, flowers. Instructions for starting a garden complete the presentation. A pretty book rather than a how-to, this would be helpful in a primary setting to introduce gardening or the growth cycle.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Hazel Rochman
"This is the garden that Jack planted." Cumulative words and pictures are a great way to show how the parts of nature connect and grow together. In the first framed picture, the boy Jack stands in jeans, baseball cap, and sneakers--one hand on hip, the other holding his shovel, like the archetypal farmer in "American Gothic" confronting the world. Then, each double-page spread shows an additional link ("these are the insects that sipped nectar from the flowers . . . that grew from the seedlings that sprouted with the rain . . . that fell on the soil that made up the garden that Jack planted" ). Around each framed picture, small, labeled illustrations show the links in increasing detail: the names and types of seed, tools, clouds, and insects. Cole is an elementary-school science teacher, and his nature drawings in colored pencil on colored paper make for joyful learning, both precise and lovely.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688135010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition; Reinforced Trade Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 434,084
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 20L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.87 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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