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A spring-time book to germinate a deep appreciation for nature. While a little girl plants seeds in her garden in neat straight rows, the wind whirls seeds of flowers and trees every which way. The little girl weeds and waters her garden, the wind just lets its garden grow. And with plenty of sun and rain, both gardens flourish. From seedling to flower, this picture book's simple verse and vibrant illustrations describe the beauty of both a cultivated garden and one created by nature. An author's note at the of ...

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Greenberg, Melanie Hope New York, NY 2001 Hard cover First edition. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. Picture book. With dust jacket. 32 p. Contains: ... Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile. Read more Show Less

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A spring-time book to germinate a deep appreciation for nature. While a little girl plants seeds in her garden in neat straight rows, the wind whirls seeds of flowers and trees every which way. The little girl weeds and waters her garden, the wind just lets its garden grow. And with plenty of sun and rain, both gardens flourish. From seedling to flower, this picture book's simple verse and vibrant illustrations describe the beauty of both a cultivated garden and one created by nature. An author's note at the of the book gives tips on planting a garden.

A child and the wind plant very different gardens.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Roberts (Valentine Mice; Follow Me!) focuses on two parallel gardensDone carefully cultivated, the other the product of natureDin this cheery picture book. "I planted a garden. The wind planted a garden, too," announces the narrator, a lively girl with a green thumb and carrot-colored hair. As she charts the growth of both gardens in simple phrases ("The wind didn't weed. Its garden just grew"), readers can see for themselves the contrast between the girl's carefully tended plot with its neatly ordered rows, and the result of what happens when the wind "swirled around, throwing seeds to the ground, here and there and everywhere." The narrator makes no ultimate judgments; instead she happily appreciates the beauties of both styles. Like the gardens themselves, Greenberg's (On My Street) vibrant folk-art style gouache paintings burst with life, from the swooping curlicues used to indicate the wind to the zinnia-bright colors of the flowers and surrounding yard. Pink and purple sheets hang on the clothesline; a peach-colored house boasts a periwinkle door; a rolling line of blue hills anchors the horizon. This breezy tale ends with a few brief tips from the author on cultivating gardens both domestic and wild. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Planting a garden by hand and seeding a garden with the help of the wind are explored in this colorful introduction to springtime gardening. 2001, Henry Holt and Company, $15.95. Ages 3 to 5. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature
"This spring, I planted a garden. / The wind planted a garden, too." Both gardens grow, each in its own fashion, one raked, watered and weeded, the other tended only by the wind and rain. The seasons progress, and in the end both gardens are lovely, one in neat rows, the other in wild abandon. The colorful gouache illustrations capture the increasing abundance of both gardens and the exuberant activities of the red-haired little girl gardener and her attentive dog. An author's note provides suggestions for both planting a garden and helping the wind's garden grow. There is a lovely symmetry here, and the dichotomy between the wild and cultivated with its resonant philosophical implications is presented attractively and simply. 2001, Henry Holt, $15.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Linnea Hendrickson
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PreS-K-A small girl describes the planting and growing of her garden while noticing and comparing the changes in the wind's garden, which is the nearby field. The child is purposeful and hardworking while the wind is, naturally, more carefree and expansive; but both gardens thrive on water and sunshine, are visited by bees and butterflies, and are beautiful. The story concludes with an author's note about growing a garden and about contributing to the wind's garden by blowing dandelion seeds. The flat, stylized gouache illustrations are colorful and cheery; however, the pictures of the field look a bit too cultivated for a wild garden. Still, this book is a fine inspiration for discussing the role of people in natural spaces.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Just in time for spring, Roberts (A Mouse Told His Mother, 1997, etc.) shows young readers that nature's beauty can be appreciated for both its tamed and wild sides. Inside the white picket fence a woman, accompanied by her dog, plants seeds in a freshly dug patch of earth, while outside the fence the wind blows all kinds of seeds hither and yon. While the domestic garden is watered and weeded by the woman, nature's garden gets rain but is weeded not at all. Flowers grow in tidy rows in the woman's garden, but nature's garden grows until it is wild and bright with plants and flowers in lush chaos. In direct, short sentences the text describes with brevity what the artwork shows in tantalizing brilliance. It is Greenberg's (On My Street, not reviewed) illustrations that could inspire the reader to become a young gardener. Each page shows thickly painted flora in two-dimensional, vivid glory. The author's note contains care instructions and a short list of flowers that can be grown in a first-timer's garden. Parents beware; it also contains a tip on how youngsters can help the wind by blowing dandelion seeds. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805063677
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 4/15/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Bethany Roberts has written over fifteen picture books for children, including the popular Valentine Mice!, Halloween Mice!, and Christmas Mice! Ms. Roberts lives and gardens in Hamden, Connecticut.

Melanie Hope Greenberg has illustrated a number of books for children, including On My Street by Eve Merriam. Ms. Greenberg lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted October 10, 2012

    A Great Springtime Book

    Whimsical illustrations and lilting text show your child how a little girl goes about starting a garden in her own back yard, while the wind plants its own garden all around her. My daughter loves finding the bunnies, frogs, butterflies amid the flowers. There are even some tips in the back for how kids can start their own garden.

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