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• My Garden is another beautiful book by veteran and well-loved author Kevin Henkes, author of numerous children's
book including, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, A Good Day, Kitten's First Full Moon, Old Bear and many
• This book is a work of art, the illustrations are just bursting off the page.
• This book would work well for as a spring time title, an earth day read and, most effectively, as a meditation on
My Garden is the story of a little girl and her mother's garden. Our protagonist, who is never named, declares on the first page, that she is a very big helper in her mother's garden. But the real story here is what the little girl would do if she had a garden of her very own. Things would bloom and never die, there would be so many butterflies and birds, you wouldn't be able to hear over the humming of wings. If a flower was picked, another would grow in it's place. The bunnies wouldn't eat the lettuce in her garden, because the bunnies would be chocolate and she would eat them! Sounds like my kind of garden!
The wonderful use of imagination in this story makes for a terrific and important read for children. In this fast-paced, electronic world of ours, this story is a glorious reminder that children need time to just sit in the garden and imagine all the possibilities. But the artwork - oh the artwork! It literally jumps off the page. Done in watercolor and ink, I would love to frame each illustration and hang it on the wall. Simply brilliant.
2010, 40 pages
Fantasy, Imagination, Environmentalism, Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations
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