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My Garden Hardcover – February 23, 2010
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"In my garden, the flowers could change color just by my thinking about it -- pink, blue, green purple. Even patterns."
The little girl's vast imagination takes readers beyond the restraints of the world, into a extraordinary place where the flowers never die and where umbrellas conveniently pop out of the ground just as the spring rain begins. Kevin Henkes adds another feather to his brimming hat with this beautiful book. His spectacular, watercolor illustrations overflow the pages with creative page layout. Fanciful images appear as full bleeds and then he takes readers back to reality with smaller spot illustrations. His book spurs the imagination and presents endless possibilities as a read aloud.
My daughter considered what her own garden might contain and decided on toys, kittens, puppies, and balloons! She loved thinking outside the box!
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It is not, truth to tell, as absolutely perfect as Henkes's other books. Owen and Wemberly Worried and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse are all genuine achievements in children's literature: books about kids' lives that don't sound like Books About Kids' Issues.
This book isn't quite as quirky and delightful and wise as those.
But it is still a very sweet book--a lovely walk through a little girl's imaginary garden, complete with giant tomatoes, chocolate bunnies (instead of the troublesome lettuce-stealing ones), jelly bean bushes, and pink-and-purple plaid sunflowers.
It's not a must-have children's book, but if you get it, you'll enjoy it.
Henkes fans will not be disappointed with My Garden. This book is sure to be a staple in children's book collections for many years to come.
I do want to include how much I have enjoyed all of this author's most recent books. They are perfect for group sharing and all foster the imagination - from Birds, to A Good Day, to Old Bear and now My Garden, the author has provided us with beautiful spare stories that really pack a wallop and are a joy to share with even the youngest children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My girls love Kevin Henkes books. This one did not disappoint. Borrow it from our local library, and decided we wanted a copy of our own. Beautiful and simple illustrations. Read morePublished 6 days ago by HapaMama
A delightfully imaginative book about an imaginary garden in which amazing things grow: chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, flowers which change colors, buttons, umbrellas and carrots... Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. M. Keefer
Me and my daughter LOVE this book. Gets the imagination going...we always read it and then talk about what kind of things we would grow in our garden if we could grow anything we... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mom of three
Kevin Henkes is a favorite of my granddaughters and pleasant for an adult to read.Published 17 months ago by Susz G
I've started a container garden this summer, mostly to give my 3 year old something to watch grow from seed to plants. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by K. Luangkesorn
Will your garden have flowers that can change color? Maybe the rabbits will be chocolate ones that you can eat rather than the rabbits eating your garden! Read morePublished on June 6, 2014 by Richard and Liz