A Gardener's Alphabet

A Gardener's Alphabet

by Mary Azarian


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Revealing the variety of life underground, the bright comfort of a greenhouse on a winter’s day, or the anticipation of starting seeds indoors in early spring, this striking alphabet book celebrates the simple joys of gardening. Without neglecting the frustrations—the nibbling critters and the toil—or wry, humorous moments spent in the garden. Mary Azarian’s spare words and lovely woodcuts capture the essence of turning a bare plot of ground into fragrant flowers and lush vegetables and trees. Her depictions of insects, manure, and compost piles are as delightful as her fountains, pumpkins, and Queen Anne’s lace. Whether we are young or old, our gardens both exhaust and renew us. They are our source of magic and wonder and perhaps our best way to live closer to the land and to the rhythm of the seasons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618548811
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/04/2005
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 753,982
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision. Mary Azarian received the 1999 Caldecott Medal for SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She lives, skis, and gardens in Vermont.

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Gardener's Alphabet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While there is no real plot to this easy book, the alphabet is clearly shown in order. Students will learn some new gardening terms and see some great pictures.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book. The illustrations are beautifully done, the vocabulary is carefully chosen - and the illustrations make very clear the meaning of unusual words like "xeriscape", but there's not much you can do for x anyway.But, it's true. Every person in this book is white, and it really is a little weird. I don't live anywhere where I can consistently expect the people I meet to be white, so it would never occur to me to draw a whole book full of people of just that one race. I wonder where the author lives that it wouldn't occur to her to draw a more normal sample of the population.It's not a bad book, it's just - that sort of thing is very obvious, and kinda annoying.
allie_mansfield on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a great way of explaining the ABC's in gardener terms. For children who like to help their mothers around the garden, this is an excellent way to learn garden vocabulary. The pictures were great to look at. The vocabulary word matched up to the drawings quite nice.
mmwrigh3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great informational book for kids. This book follows the alphabet and for each letter there is a gardening term. Great for kids to practice their ABC's, learn new vocabulary, and learn a little about gardening. Has awesome illustrations. I find nonfiction books with drawn pictures instead of photographs can be more fun for kids to look at.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful ABC book, gorgeous woodcut illustrations, tough read aloud though. Just one letter, no story.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too fond of this book. I felt like the words could have been chosen with greater care--some of them were only tangentially related to gardening. It...it just could have been better. Maybe including a definition, or better word choices, or something. It just wasn't a great book, to me, and it didn't really explain what gardening is all about at all. One word on a page isn't enough when you're trying to teach a child about growing things.