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Daisy's Big Dig
     

Daisy's Big Dig

by Angie Morgan
 

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How one little girl gathers together all the different people and families in her street, to help one old man dig his garden - and how the resulting Digging Party has far-reaching results for the community.

No one really knows each other in Daisy's street. But when Mr Hofmeister falls ill, she is determined to help him out and get the neighbours involved.

Overview

How one little girl gathers together all the different people and families in her street, to help one old man dig his garden - and how the resulting Digging Party has far-reaching results for the community.

No one really knows each other in Daisy's street. But when Mr Hofmeister falls ill, she is determined to help him out and get the neighbours involved. Invitations go out, hinting at buried treasure, and one special day the two Daves, the Lemming family, Mrs Benjamin and Professor Flowerdew all come together to dig the old man's garden and look for the treasure. And do they find treasure? Well yes, but not quite what anyone expected!

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
Community and cultivation mix and mulch in a sweet, but not cloying, British import. Young Daisy may get a kick out of conversing with the neighbors on her street, but she seems to be the only one who does. Though everyone from old Mr. Hofmeister to the perpetually baking Mrs. Benjamin is friendly, folks keep to themselves. When Mr. Hofmeister confesses to Daisy that he's hurt his back and can't work his garden, the intrepid little girl devises a brilliant solution. Next thing anyone knows, she's invited the whole neighborhood to a digging party with the added incentive of "hidden treasure." The party's a hit, with lonely widows pairing well with overtaxed mothers, a home-schooled genius bonding with a local professor, and even the university students hitting it off with normally grumpy Mr. Hofmeister. Now everyone's happier and healthier, though it's up to child readers to determine the secret treasure. Cheery watercolors and collage give the plot a special perk, and adults will dig (pun fully intended) as many tiny details as their children. Though allusions to the "hidden treasure" threaten to border on the insipid, the book deftly avoids the usual perils Straddling the line between cute and down-to-earth, this is one gardening book that will strike its readers as blooming lovely. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher
"What a wonderful story""

cheerful, detailed drawings"

What a wonderful treat for KS1 pupils! A modern fairy tale, a book full of community spirit that will melt the heart of every cynic.

A lovely story.

'Friendly, happy and positive story.'

'our pupils delighted in the vision [Angie Morgan] conjured up'"

What a wonderful story""

A lovely book to encourage children to talk about the community they come from.""

This is a really happy and positive story about the good that even young ones can do if they put their minds to it. A lesson to us all, beautifully told and illustrated."

Rated 10/10

The illustrations are huge fun, so full of detail and charm

The illustrations are huge fun, so full of detail and charm"

cheerful, detailed drawings"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847802088
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Pat Morgan is an experienced freelance author and consultant, writing mostly children's nonfiction books on natural history, environment, the sciences, and geography. She has written more than 250 titles to date and lives in London.

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