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Flower Garden Hardcover – April 29, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

A plot about creating a windowbox garden scarcely portends the appeal of this lyrical, ebullient book. On a spring day in an urban neighborhood, a girl and her father visit the supermarket: "Garden in a shopping cart / Doesn't it look great? / Garden on the checkout stand / I can hardly wait." The youngster's anticipation grows as the duo travels home--walking down the street, riding the bus, climbing the apartment house stairs--all the while guarding their flowers. Without contrivance or strain, Bunting's verse evokes the universal yet unexpected felicity of blooming color, and the author throws in a happy surprise at the end: the "garden box" is a birthday present for the girl's mother. Hewitt's intimate, oil paintings gain power through imaginative use of perspective and clean simplicity. The illustrations include just enough detail to prime side observations from pre-readers and still keep the focus on the verse. Fresh as a daisy. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kindergarten-Grade 1-A comforting, richly illustrated story about a birthday surprise. An urban African-American girl and her father buy plants, potting soil, and a window box at the supermarket, ride the bus to their apartment, and put together a colorful gift for the child's mother. Rhyming verse carries the brief story, while wonderful, warm, full-color illustrations present scenes from novel angles, and depict a loving family with a sense of intimacy, sincerity, and joy. A reassuring choice for reading aloud.
Barbara Peklo Abrahams, Oneida City Schools, Manlius, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (April 29, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152287760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152287764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
my pre-school class found the book to be very exciting and could'nt wait for me to turn the next page.the bright colors of the cover and pages were so liking a good childrens book,that we planted a garden like described in the book.i have had parents ask where can they get this wonderful book for their own child. we really enjoyed it!this book described a family so close and loving,you can't help but smell the flowers and feel the love in that household.
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A very simple, beautifully illustrated story, told in gentle rhyme, of a young girl and her father embarking on a journey by bus to the grocery store to buy a window flower box. The purpose of the expedition is revealed when Mother walks in the door, carrying schoolbooks, to find the flowers, birthday cake and chocolate ice cream. The book ends with an image of the family cozily looking out the window over the flowers, which present a small oasis of beauty in a gray urban world.

This is a lovely depiction of a loving family spending their limited means extravagantly in an expression of love. The way this father includes his daughter in the project of honoring Mother's birthday expresses excellent leadership, good child training, and tenderness toward his wife. Implicit is the fact that this family works hard, with limited means, and that beauty means a great deal to them.
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By A Customer on February 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
We have a two-year-old daughter who picks this book out every day and every night to read. The illustrations are breathtaking. The story is simple but relevant; we follow every detail as the father and daughter walk the city street and ride the bus. We love to watch the daughter planting the flowers with her father; the mother coming home from school to see her birthday surprise. I have no doubt that this book will be with us for another generation or more (at least in our house). Thank you to the two wonderful artists who created such a special book.
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By A Customer on October 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am a student teacher in a three year old preschool classroom. We recently planted mums outside our window, and afterwards read this story to the children. They loved the beautiful pictures and the contrast between the city flowerbox and our daycare garden.
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Another beautiful Eve Bunting book, perfect for spring and/or Mother's Day. I buy the Kindle versions to read aloud in my library. I show it on my SmartBoard and there's no "I can't see!" coming from my little audience. Eve Bunting books are always a hit!
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This is such a wonderful book. It happens to be one of my daughter's favorite books. She has fallen in love with it since she was 12 months old and I've read it every day since I bought it. She knows the story word for word and she can "read" it on her own. This is a huge book so be aware of that fact.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a beautifully illustrated, lovely, well thought out book about a little girl and her father buying and planting flowers in a window box to surprise the mom for her birthday. There are so many wonderful details to discuss with my mild, special needs preschoolers. They were thoroughly engaged with this one. Also, for my urban classroom, it's so refreshing to see a familiar setting, lifestyle and people of color. Wish there were a million more like it. It's great for children of color to see illustrations that they can relate to as well as wonderful exposure for children who have little or no contact with diverse populations. Bravo!
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Sweet simple story with beautiful illustrations! I ordered this as a memorial book for a friend whose mother had recently died. The deceased mother had loved flowers, so the story was very appropriate. The book was placed in our school library.
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