At first, the Great, Green Garden Tour sounds like a lot of fun. Before long, though, young rabbit Timo starts to find that it’s a lot of pressure. Can he really call his garden “great?” Maybe it needs one little change…or a few… or a lot.
Anxious to make his garden measure up, Timo forgets to take time out for anyone else. Luckily, his friends know just how to remind him of the value of being there for others: by being there for him when he needs it most.
In musical prose filled with word play and whimsy, Victoria Allenby invites young readers to come along as Timo sets to work with a skip and a song, meets trouble with a sniff and a sigh, and triumphs with a smile that’s as bright as the sun. Dean Griffiths’ charming illustrations are both classic and fresh, infusing each animal character with personality and life. Complete with an illustrated glossary of flowers, this beautifully-designed early reader might just be worthy of the word “great.”
Victoria Allenby has been writing poetry and stories for as long as she can remember. Her debut picture book, Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That, won the 2014 Preschool Reads Award and was nominated for the 2015 SYRCA Shining Willow Award. Timo’s Garden, published in 2015, has been a resounding popular and critical success. A freelance writer and editor, Victoria lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Book Prize for Maggie Can’t Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don’t Wear Glasses. His most recent book, Bad Pirate, won the Rainforest of Reading Award. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.
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On Monday Timo hopped to it with a wiggle and a giggle. He weeded and he watered. He hoed and he hauled. Soon the roses seemed rosier. The sunflowers looked sunnier. The marigolds were more merry. The garden looked good. But it was not quite great.
Maybe that bush would look better over there, Timo thought. He picked up his spade. Just then, Hedgewick poked his snout over the gate. "Great garden!" he said. "Can I take a little parsley?" "Of course, said Timo, digging in his spade. Soil scrunched. Gravel crunched. Hedgewick munched a parsley sprig. "You should come over for lunch," he said. "I am making spinach cakes." Timo paused. Hedgewick made the best spinach cakes. But there was so much he wanted to do for his garden. "Not today," he said. "I only have six days to get ready for the tour."