My Day in the Garden

My Day in the Garden

by Miela Ford, Anita Lobel

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A rainy day can be a great day ... to bring the outside inside and let imagination take over! And a few dazzling costumes can lead to a full day of dress-up for the four little girls who know just what they would do if they were morning glories or toads or ladybugs or worms. But even the hardiest of garden creatures must sleep when night falls and the


A rainy day can be a great day ... to bring the outside inside and let imagination take over! And a few dazzling costumes can lead to a full day of dress-up for the four little girls who know just what they would do if they were morning glories or toads or ladybugs or worms. But even the hardiest of garden creatures must sleep when night falls and the fireflies come to say goodnight ... Here are Miela Ford and Anita Lobel at their mesmerizing best in a picture book to bring magic and light to any forecast — or any time of day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Undaunted by rain, four girls spend a day in a "garden," thanks to their access to a room teeming with costumes. "It's time/ to start/ the show," begins the text, spread out across three pages; three paintings, rendered in Lobel's (Alison's Zinnia) characteristically sunny style, present three girls in colorful slickers arriving for a play date, discovering the props and costumes and changing into blue morning-glory ensembles. Then comes hide-and-seek with a "toad," "flower counting" (the girls, decked out as psychedelically winged butterflies, count the blooms in a patterned rug, paintings, tablecloth, etc.), "berry-picking" (two parents offer bowls of fruit to the girls, who are dressed as a mixed flock of birds) and so forth. The dress-up extravaganza lasts right up to bedtime, and then dreams extend the day's wonders. Ford's (Little Elephant) minimal text gives free reign to the illustrations' flower-power, the dense patterns and energy just barely contained within crisp white pages. Lush vine and rose wallpaper, curtains of billowing bowers and confetti-blossomed blankets are among the furnishings that amplify the slim story into a stimulating visual experience. Ages 4-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Sharon Tolle
When the rain starts to fall on the three little girls in the garden their imaginations start to run wild. Not wanting the rain to dampen their playful spirit the girls decide to bring the garden inside through a game of dress-up. Garden birds, flowers, berries, and even the bugs are included in a day full of games and fun. The illustrations in this story are outstanding. The bright red berries among the soft pastel pink roses or the singing crickets lined up against the floral wallpaper are bold and vivid. The pictures are busy, requiring the reader to spend several minutes on each page just to capture all the detail. This book could be read over and over again and each time it will offer the reader something new. A great book to read to small children, especially since the pictures tell a story themselves.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Kept indoors on a rainy day, a young child and her friends stage a fantastic theater production in which they dress as garden flowers and creatures. Each page is dominated by a bright watercolor-and-gouache painting, cluttered and surrealistic and full of professional-looking costumes. The children have breakfast in morning-glory outfits, and then become butterflies, birds, ladybugs, crickets, crows, worms, snails, and dragonflies. Throughout the day, the girl's parents feed and admire the youngsters; as night draws near, the friends go home and she is tucked into bed. A few large-print words on each page describe the day's events, but they seem to be there only for the purpose of holding the detailed, richly colored artwork together. The pictures can be pored over and discussed by readers and listeners and are best appreciated one-on-one.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Polish American Journal
...[D]esigned to attract children through the colorful illustrations...Lobel does a masterful job!
Kirkus Reviews
My Day In The Garden ( PLB Apr.; 24 pp.; 0-688-15541-3; PLB 0-688-15542-1): The creative heroines in this gentle story of easy companionship show that rainy days can be full of fun. "Berry-picking with the birds./Lunch with the ladybugs./Under a tree for a nap," are among the scenes; with the aid of costumes and the girls' imaginations, the foursome create their own party, dressing up as butterflies, ladybugs, crickets, even worms. They eat, wriggle, sing, and play hide-and-seek. As darkness falls, the girls disband, and one child is seen asleep, with more dreams of the garden dancing in her head. Lobel's idyllic illustrations are as lovely as a sunny summer afternoon, while the lyrical text demonstrates inventive simplicity. Charming. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Miela Ford grew up in Philadelphia, where whe was born. She was graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art. She now lives in Rochester, New York with her husband and two children.

"I was born and grew up in center-city Philadelphia. I lived in a row house with stone steps in the front. I always liked to sit on those steps. My parents were both photographers. Their studio, office, and darkroom were in our house, so I could always be part of what they were doing. My father left me his love of nature. My mother taught me that anything is possible.

"As a child I had cats and birds and a box turtle that lived in the backyard. I kept a duckling, long enough to watch it grow. I had a baby goat, long enough to learn that goats can’t live in the city.I attended NYU and the Philadelphia College of Art. My degree is in metalwork, but photo-graphy and illustration were always part of my life. I sold drawings and jewelry, and made costumes on Broadway.

"My husband and I have two wonderful child-ren, Jeneva and Max. I loved staying home with them. They reopened my eyes to the wonders of the world. I read them the stories that had been read to me as a child.

"But when Max started school, I went to work for an ocularist. We make custom prosthetic eyes. I sit down with each patient and paint an artificial eye to match his or her real one. This is the only kind of artwork where the best compliment I can get is for no one to notice what I have done.

"My mother, Tana Hoban, went on to become a successful children’s book author/photogra-pher. I thought it would be wonderful to do a book with her. She had taken pictures of a mother and baby elephant, and her editor, Susan Hirschman, thought words would enhance the story. This gave me my chance. I looked at the pictures and tried to find the story that they told. That’s how my first book, Little Elephant, came to be.

"Sunflower was next. I had written the story when my daughter was only three. We planted seeds together, and she was amazed that the sunflowers grew so big. Her reaction inspired the story. I saved it for a long time. When I sent it to Susan Hirschman, she loved it and wanted to publish it. She asked Sally Noll to do the art. Sally’s illustrations added something special to my words.

"In my third book, Bear Play, I took the pictures and wrote the words. Photographing animals allows me to spend a lot of time with them. I love to watch animals, and I listen carefully for their stories."

Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.

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