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Lily's Garden (Single Titles) Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

The opening spread of Ray's (Hokusai) well-conceived picture book shows a winter scene and an empty house up the street from narrator Lily's, where her grandparents lived before they moved from Maine to California. Even though they will not be reunited until Christmas, the bond between Lily and her grandparents remains strong, thanks to their shared love of gardening. Ray traces their communications from January to December (one month per spread). As Lily describes the progress of her outdoor efforts, Grandma responds with tips and encouragement. In June, for instance, " `I always loved bunnies. Now, I know why Grandpa sometimes calls them pesky critters,' I told Grandma." The accompanying scene depicts Lily at the moment she discovers the remains of her lettuce, as the cotton-tailed thieves make their escape. Grandma advises, "Ask Mom to put camphor balls around your garden. The smell makes the bunnies stay away." Related sidebars on the left of each spread offer additional information about gardening and related topics: a recipe for blueberry pancakes for August and, for November, a brief history of harvest celebrations. Ray's realistic artwork portrays the way light changes from the fluorescence of winter to the orange glow that blankets the world in autumn. An accessible guide to gardening and a constructive way to cope with an absent loved one. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-One January, after her grandparents move from their wintry home in Maine to California, they send Lily a box of oranges. From February's maple syrup, March's pea planting, and April's daffodils to fall harvest and December's tree hunt, the child goes through the seasons on the farm, thinking about the activities she used to share with them. Finally, the Christmas tree is decorated with the help of her grandparents, who are back for the holidays. Kogan-Ray's soft pastel and colored-pencil drawings cheerfully depict the girl's gentle and bright world. Each spread includes a box with relevant information, such as how to make syrup, pumpkin lore, and recipes for blueberry pancakes and zucchini bread. Team this up with Donald Hall's Ox-Cart Man (Viking, 1979) and Natalie Kinsey-Warnock's A Farm of Her Own (Dutton, 2001) for an engaging unit on New England farms, old and new.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Single Titles
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761315934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761315933
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,462,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Deborah Kogan Ray is a painter and printmaker, who became an illustrator when she discovered she could take words, and make them into images. She became a writer when she discovered she could take images and turn them into words. A self -described "research junky", she now specializes in writing and illustrating biographies about "people who should be much better known". She has written and illustrated 19 books and illustrated 54 in her career. Her books have received many awards, including the Coretta Scott King, Parents Choice and Bank Street Honors, 'Notables' from the American Library Association, NCSS/CBC for social studies, National Science Teachers of America, the International Reading Association, and state reading associations. Her books have been featured on Book-TV, and Reading Rainbow. Two recent biographies Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw (2008), and Dinosaur Mountain: Digging Into the Jurassic Age (2010) were picked by on-line reviewers for the "Cybil" award in non-fiction. Her latest book is Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca published in 2012.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Ferguson VINE VOICE on January 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It all starts with the delivery of a box of delicious oranges from Lily's Grandma in California. From there, we spend a year with Lily in her Maine home and watch as she and her garden grow and change month-by-month. The delightful journey also contains a narrative comparison between Lily's Maine garden and Grandma's California growing season (which never ends!). Lily's Garden is beautifully illustrated and has lovely asides providing anecdotal information on the things Lily is doing in and for her garden (a short history of oranges, how to make maple syrup, vegetables in Lily's Garden, Grandma's Blueberry Pancake recipe, etc.). The joys of the seasons and the excitement of gardening are nicely captured in this fun book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Baker on July 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully-illustrated book with its simple narrative has quickly become a favorite in our house. My four-year-old nature-loving son is always fascinated by the story that recounts lily's discoveries and experiences in her garden and her wilderness surroundings. Each spread also contains interesting facts and histories of the different kinds of vegetation mentioned in the story, which is helpful in keeping adult readers engaged as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mommamimi on March 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Loved that it went through each month of the year with lots of extra information! Only thought is for the children that I work with-zero to three years old the book might be too wordy.
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