My Garden

By: Kevin Henkes

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.

ISBN: 9780061715181

JLG Release: Apr 2010


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Gardens and gardening , Imagination

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Awards & 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

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*

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 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.

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 str

• 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780061715181

First Release

April 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Greenwillow

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Gardens and gardening, Imagination,

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