Flower Garden

Flower Garden

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152023720
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 299,643
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"An intimate family portrait."—Parenting
"An inspiration for younger children and their parents."—The Boston Globe
"Fresh as a daisy."—Publishers Weekly


Simple rhyming text and bold, realistic illustrations evoke the excitement and love associated with flowers, birthdays, and surprises. Follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they purchase "a garden" and board the bus to carry it home.

The pansies, tulips, daffodils, geraniums, and daisies are lovingly planted in a window box, and the candles on the cake are lighted-just as Mom walks in the door to find her daughter, her husband, and her birthday surprise.

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Flower Garden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
wendyfincher on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This book is about a little girl who was spending time with her dad and getting her mom a birthday present. They purchased flowers and rode the bus home. They lived in an apartment so they made a window box flower garden for her mom. This book has vivid colors and is very enjoyable. It can be read when teaching about families.
mildred981 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Flower Garden is a story about a little girl who wants to get her mother flowers for her birthday. Both her and her father go out together and pick up the supplies, then later come home and plant them in the box outside the window. The author then goes into great detail describing each flower and its vibrant color. Then they light the birthday cake and surprise the mother.I love how in this story the author shows the father being caring and taking on the mother role. Also, it was good to see a African American male portrayed in a positive way in a children book because there are very few books out there. A fun activity to do with this story would be for teachers to have kids plant a flower and give it to their mothers on Mother¿s day or Father¿s day. Also this is good book to read aloud to your class if you have African American in your class room.
shanetia on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Summary:This book is about a girl that is planning a surprise for her mother. The little girl planted a beautiful garden containing a variety of flowers. On her mother's birthday the little girl surprises her mother with the garden. Personal Reaction:This book is beautiful! I really love the way the bright flowers added color to the dull community. Eventhough a person might live in an area that not so pleasant, they are able to make the area beautiful just by adding a simple touch of a flower.Classroom Extension:1. I would plant a garden with my students.2. I would place the birthday of each students' mother on a calendar. Then,I would have my students make flowers out of paper and on their mother/guardian's birthday, they will bring home a special surprise (the flowers they made).
JordySizemordy on LibraryThing 6 months ago
SummaryThis story sends you through a journey with a young girl as she constructs a flower garden box for the window of her apartment. It is finally revealed in the end that the flowers were for her mother.ReactionThe rhyming is soothing and simplistic. It would be good to read to a younger audience such as kindergarten because of the writing technique and the very vivid illustrations.Extension IdeasAsk the principal if it would be okay for your class to build a garden in a designated area around the school grounds. Have each of the students make flowers out of construction paper to bring home to their mothers. guardians, grandmothers, etc.
DMSMNYC More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story and with beautiful illustrations. We love this book. Very simple rhyming couplets on each page. A lovely story of a girl and her father making a surprise window box for her mother. I like that the flower garden is in an urban setting. I bought this book because my daughter (age 3) loves flowers and she loves this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The realistic oil paintings in Flower Garden, created by illustrator Kathryn Hewitt, portray a comforting and carefree feeling. The reader follows a young girl as she carries a flower garden home from the grocery store. The rhymed verse accompanies the vibrant, lifelike illustrations that create this feeling. The hard work the girl puts into carrying home and preparing the flower garden for her mother¿s birthday adds to the warmth of this story. The detail and colors used on each page are extraordinary. The technique used by the illustrator gives the reader a sense that they are actually part of the setting. It is as if he or she feels and sees what is pictured on the pages. The illustrations in this book could tell a story on their own. Although the text is short and simple and positively contributes to the book, the illustrations set the theme, plot and mood of the story. This book focuses particularly on the young girl and tells a story from her point of view. As a result, young readers will relate to and find interest in this book. The feelings and thoughts of this little girl are captured exceptionally through her facial expressions and positions. Young children will certainly relate to and appreciate this detail as well. This book tells a beautiful story of an African American family and the love that exists among them. The attractive, colorful, real life illustrations, in addition to the characters and theme of the book, make for a truly unique piece of children¿s literature. Kathryn Hewitt deserves an award for the masterpiece she has created in Eve Bunting¿s book, Flower Garden.