This Year's Garden

Overview

A garden's cycle takes an entire year. Winter is the time for planning, and spring for planting. After the long summer, the first vegetables are ready to eat. Then comes the fall harvest.

Here is a glorious picture book, one family's "almanac" of this year's - and each year's - garden.

Follows the seasons of the year as reflected in the growth, life, and death of the garden of a large rural ...

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Overview

A garden's cycle takes an entire year. Winter is the time for planning, and spring for planting. After the long summer, the first vegetables are ready to eat. Then comes the fall harvest.

Here is a glorious picture book, one family's "almanac" of this year's - and each year's - garden.

Follows the seasons of the year as reflected in the growth, life, and death of the garden of a large rural family.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A pigtailed little girl tells how she and her family work through the seasons on the garden. In PW's words: ``Stunningly evocative, the paintings are a remarkable combination of deep tones and glittering shades. This is a lovely, unpretentious story.'' (5-8)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
An especially inspirational picture book for gardeners in March. The book begins in this way: "A garden after winter is a wonder to see. All brown stalks and black birds working. Quiet. Just brown and waiting for someone." Then comes the planting and the harvesting and the eating and the canning. The cycle begins again as winter sets in, the crows return, and the brown fields wait for spring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689711220
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/31/1987
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 644,792
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

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