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Jack's Garden
     

Jack's Garden

by Henry Cole
 

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"Building on a rhyme that will be familiar to many children, author-illustrator Cole creates an enticing guide to creating a garden. 'This is the garden that Jack planted...' The final illustration presents a satisfied-looking boy surrounded by a lush, bird-filled flower garden....A concluding page of gardening suggestions serves as a springboard to books with more

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"Building on a rhyme that will be familiar to many children, author-illustrator Cole creates an enticing guide to creating a garden. 'This is the garden that Jack planted...' The final illustration presents a satisfied-looking boy surrounded by a lush, bird-filled flower garden....A concluding page of gardening suggestions serves as a springboard to books with more specific guidelines."--Horn Book.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688152833
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
154,182
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack’s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.

Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jack’s Garden, On Meadowview Street, and A Nest for Celeste. Brambleheart was inspired by the heap of discarded treasures in the woods behind his childhood farm. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.

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