A little girl helps her mother in her garden. It is a nice garden, but if the little girl could create her own garden, it would be very different! There would be no weeds. No plants would die. If you imagined the flowers different colors and patterns, they would change. Rabbits would not eat lettuce, instead they would be chocolate rabbits meant to be eaten. There would be lots of birds and butterflies, and unique things would suddenly grow. This beauty of a book will inspire children to dream their own gardens and perhaps plant a seashell to see what will happen.
With his gentle feel, Henkes has created a creative look at gardening that will have a permanent spot in everyone’s spring story pile. His art is done in ink and watercolors, offering a soft palette perfect for the story. The flights of fancy in the book are whimsical and wonderful, capturing a welcoming friendly invitation to explore a garden of dreams.
I can see this leading to a craft where children design their own imaginary gardens or write a story about what should be in their gardens. It is such a springboard for dreams and imagination! Appropriate for ages 2-5.
Reviewed from library copy.
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