From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-- The best aspects of a vegetable garden jump out from the brilliant illustrations of this atmospheric book. Thick pen-and-ink lines enclose rich watercolors to create a stained-glass effect. The style is stolid and earthy to match the theme: mother, father, son, daughter, and dog are shown working diligently on this satisfying project. The text becomes a rhyme, with a few words in large type on each double-page spread: "Spade, rake, hoe/ Seeds in a row." Weeding is mentioned, but no pests are seen except the rabbit munching on a head of cabbage. This garden is not described chronologically, so that the pea plants come after the pumpkins. Never mind: the purpose here is not to give logical information but rather to provide scenes of pleasure and the bright goodness and beauty of tomatoes, melons, and other wonders of a successful vegetable plot. --Carolyn Jenks, formerly at Oyster River Elementary School, Durham, NH
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
DOUGLAS FLORIAN is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including zoo's who; bow wow meow meow, a Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year; lizards, frogs, and polliwogs, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; mammalabilia, an ABA's Pick of the Lists; insectlopedia, an ALA Notable Children's Book and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and omnibeasts, a gift collection of his best-loved animal poems. He lives with his family in New York City.