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Zinnia's Flower Garden Paperback – January 11, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142407879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142407875
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 9.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 - Wellington's familiar gouache cartoons skillfully meld with photographs of flowers for a merry trek through every season of gardening. Red-haired Zinnia, with the help of her cat and dog pals, demonstrates the skills that bring forth a brilliant wealth of blossoms. The author augments the discussion of the process with instructive border illustrations. Each spread also features tidbits of information such as the types of clouds, the life cycle of a butterfly, parts of a flower, or money math (atop the page of her lemonade and flower stand). Wellington wraps up the tale with a page of tips for growing one's own bouquets. A title that is rich in application and enjoyment. - Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Rich in application and enjoyment. (School Library Journal)

[A] terrific introduction to the life cycle of plants and a good choice for young gardeners everywhere. (Kirkus Reviews)


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My son has loved this book since he was 1 year old and is now 2.
S. Meldrum
This book would be a great introduction to a gardening project with the little one in your life.
Armchair Interviews
A great lesson in learning about planting flowers and what they need to grow and thrive.
MEW

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Monica Wellington, established author-illustrator has created another gem of a book in Zinnia's Flower Garden. This children's book chronicles a year in the life of a little girl's flower garden. Written for ages five and up, this book will have strong appeal for the budding green thumbs in your life. Several areas in this book are exceptional.

First, the language is beautiful! Children's books are known for their simple speech. While this book is easily understandable, Monica Wellington has created a story that sounds as pleasant as a flower garden is pretty. If you listen hard enough, you will surely hear some poetic devices beneath this lovely prose.

Second, the content of this book is unexpectedly rich. Zinnia's Flower Garden isn't just a story about a garden. It's also a child's instruction manual to creating such a garden. This book would be a great introduction to a gardening project with the little one in your life. While the storyline talks about creating a garden, the illustrations also include descriptions of cloud types, stages of germination, the life cycle of a butterfly, and a detailed description of the parts of a flower (we're talking stamen, pistil, stigma, etc.). Even a science teacher would be impressed by the amount of information contained in the illustrations of this book.

Overall, I found the visual appeal of this book to be mixed. The illustration is achieved by a collage of sorts with fabrics, photographs, and paper painted with gouche. While I loved the photographs, I found the painting to be over-simplistic and rather unappealing. However, this is actually a minor drawback as the book is rich in so many other ways.

Armchair Interviews says: Zinnia's Flower Garden is a book that can be brought out spring after spring--inspiring the next generation of gardeners!
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By Linda Zimoch on July 15, 2013
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My granddaughter (3 years old) loved it! We had just finished planting containers so she could it was something we had done together and she could relate to.
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By MEW on May 19, 2012
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I used this book for a Preschool story hour at a local library. The illustrations were bright and colorful with realistic photos of different kinds of flowers. It held the attention of 2 to 4 yr olds. A great lesson in learning about planting flowers and what they need to grow and thrive. After reading the book, the children planted their own zinnia seeds. So glad the book arrived quickly and in wonderful condition so we could use it for our story hour. I can't wait to read it to my 2 1/2 year old Grandson when I visit him this week!!
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My son has loved this book since he was 1 year old and is now 2. Although the story is targetted at an older child, he loves the pictures and the process of gardening, it also goes through the need for sunshine and rain for the garden to grow. In particular he loves to spot the mouse, worm, bird, cat and dog on each page. The text itself is a little long on each page for a young child, but we just read the first sentence and he seemed happy with this to get the gist of the book. He will definitely continue to grow into this book. A wonderful purchase for the budding gardener!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By loren gaymon on September 8, 2013
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My godchild is in awe ready to start her own flower garden.She is only 5.and her favorite color is lavender.
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