The Surprise Garden
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|Published In: ||United States, 01 January 1998|
PreS-Gr 1‘Three children are given various seeds for a surprise garden. They plant them, and mark each seed's place with a different color stick. They water and wait, and‘voila!‘in due time, there is a beautiful garden full of peas, beans, squash, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, watermelon, and a sunflower. The colorful collages are pleasing and lively. The last page identifies all of the seeds. The problem with this pretty book is that its readers and listeners are in danger of believing that this could really happen. This is a fantasy garden, complete with a bunny who takes only a small bite of lettuce. Seeds of every kind sprout and grow into lush plants, and everything from carrots to watermelon is perfectly spaced. The dust jacket expresses hope that this book "will encourage children to grow surprise gardens of their very own." If it were used as the beginning of a realistic conversation, it would be fun to read.‘Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
|Publisher: ||Blue Sky Press (AZ)|