The Maybe Garden

The Maybe Garden

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by Kimberly Burke-Weiner, Fredrika Spillman

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``She has an immaculate garden, my mother.'' With these words a boy steps out beyond the neat, quiet and predictable rows of his mother's garden into fanciful notions of his own plot. When mother suggests that he begin with the usual avocado pit that will grow into a tree, her son responds, ``Maybe I will. Maybe I will plant an apple tree and tie balloons to all the apples so when they are ripe they will fall softly to the ground.'' To each of the ensuing expert-to-beginner recommendations, his imagination answers with gardens springing from childlike enchantment. In the end, the expert gains some of the beginner's vision and plans her own ``maybe garden.'' Burke-Weiner's transparent, unself-conscious text and Spillman's saturated oil pastel illustrations--though verging on the garish--appear to grow from a single seed. This is a universal story of the power of creativity to infuse serious knowledge with life. Ages 6-10. (May)
Ilene Cooper
A nice sense of imagination is displayed here, along with the underlying tensions that are in any mother-daughter relationship. The narrator's mother has the most immaculate garden in the world, and she doesn't hesitate to suggest to her daughter what she might plant: "Maybe you should plant an avocado seed and watch it grow into a tree." The girl's answers are always the same: "Maybe I will." But her words don't count in the face of her daydreams, which feature an apple tree with balloons tied to the fruit, a vegetable garden made to be a feast for bunnies and snails, and a sprinkling of fairies to enliven the garden. Chalk drawings using smooth colors and extravagant shapes and forms capture the excitement of supposing. Although Mother comes out looking rather rigid for most of the story, she redeems herself at the end. When the narrator suggests that perhaps her mom make a big hole and fill it with water, put giant goldfish and frogs in it, and then place water lilies on the water for the frogs to rest on when they're tired of swimming, Mother replies, "Maybe I will!"

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Simon Pulse/Beyond Words
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Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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The Maybe Garden 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to the book by its illustrations which are so brilliant and imaginitive. The story is simple and sweet.I do not agree with the critics review regarding tension-I didn't feel any. I thought the story flowed quietly along. Yes,the mother has a beautiful garden, but I feel she was merely giving her child ideas on what to grow, but the child uses their imagination to grow beautiful and wonderful things and creates a garden that I would like to experience. The mother also agrees that 'maybe I will' grow what the child suggests to her. My six year old, who loves gardening and art, enjoyed this book very much.