Planting the Wild Garden

Planting the Wild Garden


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Eloquent text and stunning illustrations combine to explore the many ways seeds are distributed.
A farmer and her son carefully plant seeds in their garden. In the wild garden, many seeds are planted too, but not by farmers’ hands. Different kinds of animals transport seeds, often without knowing it. Sometimes rain washes seeds away to a new location. And sometimes something extraordinary occurs, like when the pods of Scotch broom burst open explosively in the summer heat, scattering seeds everywhere like popcorn.
Kathryn Galbraith’s lyrical prose seamlessly combines with Wendy Halperin’s elegant, crisp illustrations to show how many elements work together through the seasons to create and sustain the wild meadow garden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561457915
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 338,851
Product dimensions: 9.88(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kathryn O. Galbraith is an award-winning children’s book author with more than a dozen picture books to her credit. She teaches writing for children at the University of Washington.

Wendy Anderson Halperin is the illustrator of over twenty-five books, including Thank You, God, For Everything and Turn! Turn! Turn! She also created the award-winning project “Drawing Children into Reading.” She lives in Michigan.

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Planting the Wild Garden 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A simple story at its heart, but filled with the beauty of Nature, this is one book that teaches as well as entertains. What does it teach? Oh where to begin. At face value, the life cycle of a seed is what greets us first. We explore the various means by which a seed can be transported and distributed in order to continue the natural order of things. From a gentle push from the wind to the washing effects of the rain, even the tag-a-long effect created from woodland creatures, all of these options and more come to life with each turn of the page. Richly illustrated pictures in earthy tones combine with the detailed (but not overly done) descriptions of each action filled scene to produce an effect one can almost hear unfolding right in front of you. Thanks to the insertion of such simple words as CHOMP or whimsical ways. You see, they added a visual effect to these actions/sounds that not only places an emphasis on them but invites the reader to add a little something to those portions when reading them. I can imagine reading this book to a group of youngsters and this would definitely have me wanting to act out those portions with either grand hand gestures or dramatic sounds....or something. Really was a nice touch. Beyond the seed's life cycle, we also discover how all living things work together hand in hand in paw in raindrop to help keep our planet's natural beauty in tact. Recommended for readers of all ages. The lessons shared are applicable to children and adults and the beautiful way through which they are shared both in narrative and illustrated forms is something to behold. Happy reading....
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
I love picture books for children. They are wonderful teaching tools and the opportunity they afford the child and parent to interact is tremendously rewarding to both the child and the adult. When you hold this lovely, large picture book you are immediately captivated by the illustrations reminiscent of an earlier gentler time when the illustrations of children's books were lovely, soft, gentle, and fine tuned. The beautiful watercolor and pen illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin are all these. Richly illustrating plants and seeds along side of the lovely critters in the wild. A picture book is about words as well as pictures. The finely crafted text and story line that Kathryn O. Galbraith uses to tell in a simple yet powerful way the wonderful seeding of the world around us in nature by nature. Seeds exploding. Wind blowing seeds. Animals transferring seeds. It is all there. A well-crafted science lesson for the young child just beginning to grasp knowledge of the world around him. A good combination - author Kathryn O. Galbraith and illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin. It is not a surprise that the book they developed won a Growing Good Kids Book Award and a 2010 Parents' Choice Approved Award. I recommend this book for libraries wherever children hunt for delectable books to read. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Planting the Wild Garden was provided to me by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was provided for this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.