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The wind's garden
Roberts, Bethany.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
A child and the wind plant very different gardens.
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Central Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
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Hamburg Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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A spring-time book to germinate a deep appreciation for nature. While a little girl plants seeds in her garden in neat straight rows, the wind whirls seeds of flowers and trees every which way. The little girl weeds and waters her garden, the wind just lets its garden grow. And with plenty of sun and rain, both gardens flourish. From seedling to flower, this picture book's simple verse and vibrant illustrations describe the beauty of both a cultivated garden and one created by nature. An author's note at the of the book gives tips on planting a garden.

Author Notes

Bethany Roberts has written over fifteen picture books for children, including the popular Valentine Mice! , Halloween Mice! , and Christmas Mice! Ms. Roberts lives and gardens in Hamden, Connecticut.

Melanie Hope Greenberg has illustrated a number of books for children, including On My Street by Eve Merriam. Ms. Greenberg lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. A little girl descibes how she planted, watered, and weeded her garden, while outside the fence, the wind planted a garden too. Though watered only by rain, the wind's garden has grown into a field of wildflowers alongside the girl's garden. Telling the story of the two gardens through a simple, first-person text, Roberts makes planting seeds, tending plants, and watching them grow sound mighty appealing. But the real excitement comes in the illustrations: all the waiting pays off in the riot of colorful flowers on the final pages. The naive-style gouache paintings suit the tone of the story well. A good book for reading aloud. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Roberts (Valentine Mice; Follow Me!) focuses on two parallel gardensDone carefully cultivated, the other the product of natureDin this cheery picture book. "I planted a garden. The wind planted a garden, too," announces the narrator, a lively girl with a green thumb and carrot-colored hair. As she charts the growth of both gardens in simple phrases ("The wind didn't weed. Its garden just grew"), readers can see for themselves the contrast between the girl's carefully tended plot with its neatly ordered rows, and the result of what happens when the wind "swirled around, throwing seeds to the ground, here and there and everywhere." The narrator makes no ultimate judgments; instead she happily appreciates the beauties of both styles. Like the gardens themselves, Greenberg's (On My Street) vibrant folk-art style gouache paintings burst with life, from the swooping curlicues used to indicate the wind to the zinnia-bright colors of the flowers and surrounding yard. Pink and purple sheets hang on the clothesline; a peach-colored house boasts a periwinkle door; a rolling line of blue hills anchors the horizon. This breezy tale ends with a few brief tips from the author on cultivating gardens both domestic and wild. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A small girl describes the planting and growing of her garden while noticing and comparing the changes in the wind's garden, which is the nearby field. The child is purposeful and hardworking while the wind is, naturally, more carefree and expansive; but both gardens thrive on water and sunshine, are visited by bees and butterflies, and are beautiful. The story concludes with an author's note about growing a garden and about contributing to the wind's garden by blowing dandelion seeds. The flat, stylized gouache illustrations are colorful and cheery; however, the pictures of the field look a bit too cultivated for a wild garden. Still, this book is a fine inspiration for discussing the role of people in natural spaces.-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.

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