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Zinnia's Flower Garden

Zinnia's Flower Garden

by Monica Wellington, Monica (ILT)

Zinnia plants a garden, eagerly waits for the plants to grow, sells the beautiful flowers, then gathers seeds to plant the following year.


Zinnia plants a garden, eagerly waits for the plants to grow, sells the beautiful flowers, then gathers seeds to plant the following year.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Looking for a children's book that conveys not only the work involved in gardening, but also the wonder? That is what you will find in Zinnia's enthusiasm for growing things. Springtime finds Zinnia preparing her garden for planting. After planting and watering, Zinnia waits while the sun and rain nurture her seeds. While watering, weeding, and debugging, she measures her plants' progress. Buds appear and then finally her first bloom! Of course, a garden is not just for working. Zinnia paints, reads, and picnics among the blooms, butterflies, and bees. She cuts flowers for bouquets and enjoys their fragrance. One day, she even features a "Pick Your Own Flowers" event at her lemonade stand. At the end of the season, she saves seeds for next year. During the winter, Zinnia plans next year's garden. Each spread sports one page with Zinnia performing the tasks described on the opposite page. The text pages carry engaging borders naming cloud types, showing stages of germination, illustrating what different seedlings look like when they sprout, and showing excerpts from Zinnia's garden journal. Boldly-colored drawings mixed with cutouts of plant photos brighten every one of the 32 pages. The final page is an instruction list for growing your own flowers from seed. Wellington also wrote and illustrated Apple Farmer Annie and Firefighter Frank. 2005, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 4 to 7.
—Chris Gill
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Wellington's familiar gouache cartoons skillfully meld with photographs of flowers for a merry trek through every season of gardening. Red-haired Zinnia, with the help of her cat and dog pals, demonstrates the skills that bring forth a brilliant wealth of blossoms. The author augments the discussion of the process with instructive border illustrations. Each spread also features tidbits of information such as the types of clouds, the life cycle of a butterfly, parts of a flower, or money math (atop the page of her lemonade and flower stand). Wellington wraps up the tale with a page of tips for growing one's own bouquets. A title that is rich in application and enjoyment.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A girl and her garden are the subject of this engaging outing. Wellington chronicles each step in the planting process, from tilling the soil and sowing seeds to harvesting those seeds at the end of the season. Her signature illustrations-bright, bold, and crisp-are accented with lively and informative detail, which ups the science factor. Color-copied photographs of seeds, buds, and flowers frame the text; a series of drawings spotlights the flowers' roots and shoots and a scientific drawing labels its parts. Also in the frame, the little girl's journal tracks the progress with simple entries and the date of news: "July 7. My sunflowers are so tall. I hate weeds." All of these factors create a successful germination of science and storytelling, growing a terrific introduction to the life cycle of plants and a good choice for young gardeners everywhere. (Picture book. 3-8)

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Penguin Group (USA)
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Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Monica Wellington lives in New York City.

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