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Children's LiteratureLooking 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.