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My Garden



written and illustrated by
Kevin Henkes

Edition
-
Publisher
Greenwillow
Imprint
Greenwillow
ISBN
9780061715181

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Children’s Books; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Under age 5
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JLG Category

Kindergarten Plus

A young girl knows what she'd have in her garden: rabbits made of chocolate, seashells that grow more seashells, and flowers that would change color by her thought alone. "Sometimes in my garden, good, unusual things would just pop up-buttons and umbrellas and rusty old keys." There's no need to water or weed in this garden, and only one simple tool can make it grow. Full-color art done in watercolor paints and ink.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

2.6: points 0.5

Lexile

AD570L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2010

Book Genres


Topics

Gardens and gardening. Imagination.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Junior Library Guild


• Kevin Henkes’s illustrations—with their heavy outlines and pastel colors—evoke drawings done with felt-tip markers. Both the story and the art could be products of a child’s active imagination.
• Every detail of the garden has kid appeal. Young readers will delight in the jelly bean bushes, the chocolate rabbits, and the strawberries that “glow like lanterns.”
• The story’s final image is one of possibility: a lone seashell, newly planted and already sprouting. It’s a lovely invitation to readers to create gardens, real or imaginary, of their own.
• A circular motif—sunflowers on the end pages, a wreath on the title page, and round-framed portraits of the garden—give the book a unified aesthetic.
• Young readers will identify with the girl’s desire for her own garden.

Horn Book

In a little girl's imaginary garden, the bunnies are chocolate, there for the eating; planting jellybeans yields a jellybean bush. Henkes goes beyond kids' love of sweets, perceptively conveying the strange appeal of ordinary objects: "Sometimes...good, unusual things would just pop up--buttons and umbrellas and rusty old keys." The black-outlined pastel-colored art is as playful as the text.

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild


• Kevin Henkes’s illustrations—with their heavy outlines and pastel colors—evoke drawings done with felt-tip markers. Both the story and the art could be products of a child’s active imagination.
• Every detail of the garden has kid appeal. Young readers will delight in the jelly bean bushes, the chocolate rabbits, and the strawberries that “glow like lanterns.”
• The story’s final image is one of possibility: a lone seashell, newly planted and already sprouting. It’s a lovely invitation to readers to create gardens, real or imaginary, of their own.
• A circular motif—sunflowers on the end pages, a wreath on the title page, and round-framed portraits of the garden—give the book a unified aesthetic.
• Young readers will identify with the girl’s desire for her own garden.

Horn Book

In a little girl's imaginary garden, the bunnies are chocolate, there for the eating; planting jellybeans yields a jellybean bush. Henkes goes beyond kids' love of sweets, perceptively conveying the strange appeal of ordinary objects: "Sometimes...good, unusual things would just pop up--buttons and umbrellas and rusty old keys." The black-outlined pastel-colored art is as playful as the text.

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