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The Runaway Garden: A delicious story that's good for you, too! Hardcover – May 20, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mitten Press; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (May 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587264366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587264368
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffery L. Schatzer is a noted writer and author who has received numerous awards for creativity, including a Silver Medal from the International Film and Television Festival of New York. As a children’s author, his stories offer positive messages and themes. His works feature enchanting storylines that creatively apply grammatical tools and offer a rewarding exploration of word use. For The Bird in Santa’s Beard and The Bump on Santa’s Noggin, Jeff directed the creative work that brought his Santa Claus to life. He lives in Michigan with his wife Deborah and loves to tend his garden with his grandchildren.
Jeffrey Ebbeler has been creating art for children for almost a decade. He has done a variety of projects, including illustrations for magazines, CD covers, and book covers, as well as paper engineering for pop-up books. He has illustrated two children’s book, Bake You a Pie (Tricycle Press) and Punxsutawney Phyllis (Holiday House). He and his wife both attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. They currently live in Chicago with their three cats, Annie, Punch, and Judy.

More About the Author

Jeffery L. Schatzer has been a creative consultant and professional writer since 1970. He is also a published author of magazine articles and children's books. His work has received regional, national, and international awards, including a silver medal at the International Film and Television Festival of New York.

Book Awards include:
The Bird In Santa's Beard
2005 Great Lakes Book Award - Finalist
The Runaway Garden
2007 USABookNews.com Best Book Award
2008 Mom's Choice Award - Gold Award Recipient
2008 Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children's Literature Award

Jeffery currently has four picture books in print: The Bird in Santa's Beard (2004), The Bump on Santa's Noggin (2006), The Runaway Garden (2007), and The Elves in Santa's Workshop (2009). He is also an accomplished author of historical fiction chapter books. His book, Fires in the Wilderness (released in October of 2008), is based on the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression era work program. His most recent book, Professor Tuesday's Awesome Adventures in History (to be released in March of 2009) is a fictional account of Chief Pontiac's Rebellion of 1763.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. On top of his traditional academic credentials, he holds a Bachelor of Santa Claus degree from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, one of the oldest schools of its type in the world. Additionally, he is considered an authority on the history of Christmas and on the poem, 'Twas the Night before Christmas."

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Format: Hardcover
This story begins with a little girl who is angry with her grandfather for making her work in the garden. Grandpa tells her a story about the night the garden ran away. Her quiet time with Grandpa on the squeaky porch swing changes her perspective about the garden and Grandpa.

"The Runaway Garden" is an adventurous, entertaining, and amusing story that teaches children that the grass is not always greener on the other side. It also presents a simple message about responsibility. I enjoy Jeffery Schatzer's subtle and humorous references to each vegetable's individuality. For example: "The potatoes all just closed their eyes and took off out the gate. All the green peas split for town; the tomatoes stewed and stirred. Celery and her friend sweet corn stalked off without a word." . . . "Some pumpkins got themselves squashed flat, and radishes all turned red. Pepper popped, snap beans snapped, and a cauliflower lost its head." The illustrations in this book are top notch. Jeffrey Ebbeler whimsically brings the vegetables to life with a gentle touch of humor thrown in here and there. Each illustration offers a healthy feast for both children's and adult's eyes. The wise old squash is one of my favorite characters. I especially like that Mr. Ebbeler cleverly created a vegetable twin (the squash character) for Grandpa. This book is entertaining for all ages and has the added bonus of piquing children's interests in vegetables.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Rowe on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a sweet story about a young girl tired of gardening and contemplating running away. After a chat with her grandfather, she sees things much differently. The best part about this story is the warm relationship between grandparents/grandchildren that invokes imagination and wisdom and always makes everything better. The last page is what earned this book a place on my favorites--'we snuggled late into the night on that creaky wooden swing. The time passed quickly as we swung, though we didn't say a thing. Just before I fell asleep in the moon's soft golden wash I kissed my Grandpa's baldy head. From then on, I called him "Squash."
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By Dana Lehman on December 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This story begins with a little girl pulling weeds in her grandpa's garden. She is not happy about it, and says that she will run away if she has to pull anymore. Her grandpa tells her a magical (and funny) story about how vegetables runaway. The lesson in this story is that we all have a place to be and special jobs to do. I enjoy reading books that teach some type of lesson to my children. I would recommend any of Mr. Schatzer's books.
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