From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–Erin dreams of having a vegetable garden but her parents don't think she is ready to take on such a responsibility. Luckily, Mr. Martinez, her elderly neighbor, has a lifetime of gardening experience and offers to share his plot with her. Together, they plan for, plant, and carefully tend the seedlings. As the vegetables grow, so does their friendship. What the story lacks in excitement or character development it makes up for in its portrayal of the slow and steady passing of the summer growing season. The impressionistic pastel illustrations suit the quiet mood perfectly, and the Spanish translation is adeptly done.
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"...easy to read...both Hispanics and English-speaking families can use it." -- Susan Langford for readerviews.com
"...soft, Monet-like illustrations I wouldn't mind framing. . .a sweet hope-filled story with many subtle but profound messages. . . " -- Author's Choice Reviews
breezes along at a quick pace
truly educational for all
soft, chalk-like drawings
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" -- Lea Schizas The Muse Book Reviewer
great learning tool
wonderful combination of text in two languages and bright, gentle illustrations children will be sure to enjoy." -- Wee Ones Magazine
illustrations give the narrative "an old-fashioned story feel"
sure to appeal to both groups of children
" -- JoAn Martin, The Baytown Sun, Baytown, TX
...the pursuit of a dream, telling it, longing for it, and discovering that sharing it brings unexpected help... -- Rebecca - New York City
..touching book..demonstrates benefits of hard work and non-traditional friendships. Ideal for lessons on relationships or the elderly. -- Children's Literature
A great teaching tool not only because of the wonderful story, but the use of past tense in Spanish. -- Lynn Nuthals, Spanish Teacher Green Bay, WI
Recommended Read -- Brodart Espanol
This book helps to recapture the many good times I had in our garden. Thank you for writing it. -- Cheryl Kroll - Green Bay