The idea for The Runaway Garden came to Schatzer when he heard the staggering statistics of runaways in the United States today. With one in seven children running away at some time in their young lives, Schatzer wanted to tell a story that could open discussion in a positive light about what could happen if a child left home. When he sat down to think of who could do the running away and what situations could develop, vegetables came to mind, using their names with homonyms and puns. All the green peas split for town; the tomatoes stewed and stirred. Celery and her friend sweet corn stalked off without a word.
What made the snap beans snap?
How did the berries get into a jam?
What happened to the cauliflower’s head?
Read along as Grandpa spins a tale about the night that all the plants in the garden get up and run away. At first they think running away is fun, but it isn’t long before things go terribly wrong.
|Publisher:||Spry Publishing LLC|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Jeffery L. Schatzer is a noted writer and author who has received numerous awards for creativity, including a Silver Medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York. As a children’s author, his stories offer positive messages and themes. His works feature enchanting storylines that creatively apply grammatical tools and offer a rewarding exploration of word use. For The Bird in Santa’s Beard and The Bump on Santa’s Noggin, Jeff directed the creative work that brought his Santa Claus to life. He lives in Michigan with his wife Deborah and loves to tend his garden with his grandchildren.
Jeffrey Ebbeler has been creating art for children for almost a decade. He has done a variety of projects, including illustrations for magazines, CD covers, and book covers, as well as paper engineering for pop-up books. He has illustrated two children’s book, Bake You a Pie (Tricycle Press) and Punxsutawney Phyllis (Holiday House). He and his wife both attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. They currently live in Chicago with their three cats, Annie, Punch, and Judy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Runaway Garden is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
"The Runaway Garden" is an adventurous, entertaining, and amusing story that teaches children that the grass is not always greener on the other side. It also presents a simple message about responsibility. I enjoy Jeffery Schatzer's subtle and humorous references to each vegetable's individuality. For example: "The potatoes all just closed their eyes and took off out the gate. All the green peas split for town; the tomatoes stewed and stirred. Celery and her friend sweet corn stalked off without a word." . . . "Some pumpkins got themselves squashed flat, and radishes all turned red. Pepper popped, snap beans snapped, and a cauliflower lost its head." The illustrations in this book are top notch. Jeffrey Ebbeler whimsically brings the vegetables to life with a gentle touch of humor thrown in here and there. Each illustration offers a healthy feast for both children's and adult's eyes. The wise old squash is one of my favorite characters. I especially like that Mr. Ebbeler cleverly created a vegetable twin (the squash character) for Grandpa. This book is entertaining for all ages and has the added bonus of piquing children's interest in vegetables.
I'm a mom and grandmother who looks for books that have stories that are fun to read and have good morals and values. This book is ideal. It offers a great opportunity to discuss the importance of hard work, healthy eating and the importance of not running away...all in pun and wordplay. My grandkids want to read it again and again.