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My day in the garden
Ford, Miela.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
A young girl and her friends spend the day dressing up like the insects and animals they find in the garden.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A rainy day can be a great day ... to bring the outside inside and let imagination take over! And a few dazzling costumes can lead to a full day of dress-up for the four little girls who know just what they would do if they were morning glories or toads or ladybugs or worms. But even the hardiest of garden creatures must sleep when night falls and the fireflies come to say goodnight ... Here are Miela Ford and Anita Lobel at their mesmerizing best in a picture book to bring magic and light to any forecast -- or any time of day.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-8. Ford uses the title of this book in a playful way, as the story focuses on a group of little girls who spend a day indoors during a rainstorm and use their imaginations to create a garden in the house. The children enter a room filled with costumes and a sewing machine and make splendid use of the things they find, passing the time with activities such as counting the flowers (on rugs, wallpaper, curtains, and so on) while dressed as butterflies. After they "dine with the dragonflies," the girls head home. Lobel's paintings cram color and pattern into a profusion of garden delights and capture the delicious anticipation of such games as hide-and-seek. Children will like the pictures' recurring details and the funny touches Lobel includes, among them a doll that looks just like Kevin Henke's Lilly the mouse. Pair this with Nina Crews' You Are Here (1998), which is similar in theme but looks very different. --Susan Dove Lempke

Publisher's Weekly Review

Undaunted by rain, four girls spend a day in a "garden," thanks to their access to a room teeming with costumes. "It's time/ to start/ the show," begins the text, spread out across three pages; three paintings, rendered in Lobel's (Alison's Zinnia) characteristically sunny style, present three girls in colorful slickers arriving for a play date, discovering the props and costumes and changing into blue morning-glory ensembles. Then comes hide-and-seek with a "toad," "flower counting" (the girls, decked out as psychedelically winged butterflies, count the blooms in a patterned rug, paintings, tablecloth, etc.), "berry-picking" (two parents offer bowls of fruit to the girls, who are dressed as a mixed flock of birds) and so forth. The dress-up extravaganza lasts right up to bedtime, and then dreams extend the day's wonders. Ford's (Little Elephant) minimal text gives free reign to the illustrations' flower-power, the dense patterns and energy just barely contained within crisp white pages. Lush vine and rose wallpaper, curtains of billowing bowers and confetti-blossomed blankets are among the furnishings that amplify the slim story into a stimulating visual experience. Ages 4-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Kept indoors on a rainy day, a young child and her friends stage a fantastic theater production in which they dress as garden flowers and creatures. Each page is dominated by a bright watercolor-and-gouache painting, cluttered and surrealistic and full of professional-looking costumes. The children have breakfast in morning-glory outfits, and then become butterflies, birds, ladybugs, crickets, crows, worms, snails, and dragonflies. Throughout the day, the girl's parents feed and admire the youngsters; as night draws near, the friends go home and she is tucked into bed. A few large-print words on each page describe the day's events, but they seem to be there only for the purpose of holding the detailed, richly colored artwork together. The pictures can be pored over and discussed by readers and listeners and are best appreciated one-on-one.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.