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IN THE GARDEN by Elizabeth Spurr


by Elizabeth Spurr & illustrated by Manelle Oliphant

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-56145-581-2
Publisher: Peachtree

It takes time for flowers to bloom, but the delightful fruits of this labor prove worth the wait.

A young boy works to nurture his blossoming yard. Individual words build to a natural crescendo. “Covers / Wets / Waits / Forgets / Rain / Sun / Boy shouts. / Green sprouts peep out!” The passage of time is clearly marked in the illustrations as the boy takes care of (and forgets) his gardening chores, and the natural rhymes reflect the growth of the season. No adults interfere with this child-centered experience. Subtle, understated spreads complement the powerfully quiet text. The soft lines move just enough to create gentle energy within each frame. The cherub-cheeked youngster maintains his gentle smile as he works. An imposing tree remains a focal point for the pictures in long shots, providing extra stability. Shifts in perspective allow children to get dirty with the young gardener.

With a little water and tender loving care, it's a pleasure to watch this garden grow. (Board book. 1-3)