The gardener says the garden belongs to him. But the woodchuck insists that it's his. And so do the rabbit, the butterfly, the squash bug, and the bumblebee. Even the tiny seeds and whistling weeds think the garden just couldn't grow without them. As they stroll through the exquisite plants and flowers, Mrs. McGee and her child listen and wonder: Whose garden is it?
Children's book luminaries Mary Ann Hoberman and Jane Dyer reveal the secrets of a glorious garden in this beautiful and poetic rhyming read-aloud.
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MARY ANN HOBERMAN is the author of more than twenty books for children, including the American Book Award winner A House Is a House for Me. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
JANE DYER is the acclaimed illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the bestselling Time for Bed by Mem Fox and Oh My Baby, Little One by Kathi Appelt. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
PreS-Gr. 1. Out for a stroll with a young child, silver-haired Mrs. McGee sees a glorious profusion of vegetables and flowers. Her question, "Whose garden is it?" launches this rhyming romp, which touches on the intricate relationships between animals and plants, sun, soil, and water. After a gardener proudly claims his plot, a rabbit steps forward, followed by other creatures that each claim garden ownership in a territorial battle that doesn't end with the animals: "I blossom in season / If this is a garden, then I am the reason," says a plant. Even the rain and the sun state their importance. Each speaker is so convincing that in the end, Mrs. McGee repeats her initial question, confused as ever. Although the singsong bounciness of the rhymed couplets and a few images of overdressed animals may strike some as cloying, Hoberman's creative words and upbeat rhythms cheerfully introduce some basic players in the garden web of life, and Dyer's sunny watercolors of a magnificent garden are radiant and inviting. Gillian Engberg
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152026312
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