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The Wind's Garden Hardcover – April 15, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805063676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805063677
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Roberts (Valentine Mice; Follow Me!) focuses on two parallel gardens--one carefully cultivated, the other the product of nature--in this cheery picture book. "I planted a garden. The wind planted a garden, too," announces the narrator, a lively girl with a green thumb and carrot-colored hair. As she charts the growth of both gardens in simple phrases ("The wind didn't weed. Its garden just grew"), readers can see for themselves the contrast between the girl's carefully tended plot with its neatly ordered rows, and the result of what happens when the wind "swirled around, throwing seeds to the ground, here and there and everywhere." The narrator makes no ultimate judgments; instead she happily appreciates the beauties of both styles. Like the gardens themselves, Greenberg's (On My Street) vibrant folk-art style gouache paintings burst with life, from the swooping curlicues used to indicate the wind to the zinnia-bright colors of the flowers and surrounding yard. Pink and purple sheets hang on the clothesline; a peach-colored house boasts a periwinkle door; a rolling line of blue hills anchors the horizon. This breezy tale ends with a few brief tips from the author on cultivating gardens both domestic and wild. Ages 3-7.

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-A small girl describes the planting and growing of her garden while noticing and comparing the changes in the wind's garden, which is the nearby field. The child is purposeful and hardworking while the wind is, naturally, more carefree and expansive; but both gardens thrive on water and sunshine, are visited by bees and butterflies, and are beautiful. The story concludes with an author's note about growing a garden and about contributing to the wind's garden by blowing dandelion seeds. The flat, stylized gouache illustrations are colorful and cheery; however, the pictures of the field look a bit too cultivated for a wild garden. Still, this book is a fine inspiration for discussing the role of people in natural spaces.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A young girl plants a garden in the spring, waters it, and weeds it. Meanwhile, the wind blows seeds, the rain waters them, the sun shines down, and both gardens flourish. Bees buzz, butterflies flit, and the girl and her dog embrace the beauty of both worlds, domestic and natural. Melanie Hope Greenberg's joyful illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. An enchanting book to introduce children to both the joys of gardening and to the beauty of wildflowers, whether found in a meadow or in the crack of a sidewalk.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Robinson on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whimsical illustrations and lilting text show your child how a little girl goes about starting a garden in her own back yard, while the wind plants its own garden all around her. My daughter loves finding the bunnies, frogs, butterflies amid the flowers. There are even some tips in the back for how kids can start their own garden.
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