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Lulu Crow's Garden: A silly old story with brand new pictures Hardcover – April 1, 1998


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fresh colors and amiable animals invite readers into this whimsical book, which is based on L. Leslie Brooke's 1903 Johnny Crow's Garden. Here, all the action takes place in Lulu Crow's garden, represented by a structured background of violet-blue sky, soft-green hedge and honeydew-colored lawn. The story begins with Lulu Crow planting flowers and vegetables, then becomes a parade of Lulu's unusual acquaintances, among them Crane, Beaver and Goat. The text is comprised of near non sequiturs ("the Mouse/ Built a House,/ Where the Cat sat on a Mat/ In Lulu Crow's Garden"). The characters accept each new development with stuffed-animal serenity, their moods seldom shifting. At the conclusion, all 13 friends sit down "in one big Row," where readers can name and count them. Boyd (What Would You Do if You Lived at the Zoo?) meets the playfulness of the rhyme with deceptively childlike gouaches; her images are in fact highly organized. The animals and greenery have wavy, organic shapes, but solid layers of paint give the art an almost stenciled look. A sunny mood, befitting the summertime setting, suffuses the proceedings from start to finish. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-KAL. Leslie Brooke's Johnny Crow's Garden has been slightly updated and told from the point of view of a sleek, black, female counterpart. Here, Lulu Crow industriously plants her own garden but has more or less the same array of animal visitors with the same rhyming problems. The gouache pictures are colorful and certain to attract young eyes. Is this book, however, an improvement over the original? Not really. Boyd is a talented artist but her work here is just not as detailed or amusing as Brooke's. The original classic, along with the sequels, is still available in libraries. It did not need to be redone.AJackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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