Welcome the outdoors inside for story time with this classic tale of a garden changing through the seasons.
A young girl and her older companion watch birds, fly a kite, plant flowers, and play in the snow, watching flowers bloom and leaves fall as the year passes.
This quiet story celebrates the simple joys found close to home, and the importance of sharing those experiences with the ones you love. A perfect story time pick for any season, In My Garden explores the natural marvels of the world around us and encourages young readers to think about what they love best throughout the year.
Written by picture book master Charlotte Zolotow and originally published in 1960, this elegant reimagining of In My Garden features all-new illustrations by accomplished author-illustrator Philip Stead. His delicate illustrations and gentle, colorful palette bring new life and meaning to this classic tale-- a beautiful tribute to the experience of childhood, and a thank you to a master storyteller.
Stead (Music for Mister Moon) takes this seasonal poem, first published in 1960 by the late writer and editor Zolotow, and divides its lines between two speakers. One, an older woman in a red raincoat and loose braid, treasures the seasons through her garden. "In the spring what I love best in my garden are the birds building nests." She also likes "red tulips... violets and hyacinths and daffodils," yet she returns, loyally, to the birds: "But in the spring what I love best... are the birds building nests." The other, a child wearing a yellow slicker and red boots, marks the seasons with play: "In the spring what I love most to do is fly kites." Other activities call, but kites are her favorite. Zolotow's pleasing list of bests continues through summer, fall, and winter. In loose, pale washes and warm, organic lines, Stead renders a garden that isn't particularly elegant or manicured there's a stone wall, a tree with a swing, an abandoned car and tire planters, a pond to skate on. Small creatures come and go. It's an intergenerational look at companionable contentment derived from the simplest things, anchored in the natural world. Ages 3 6. Author's estate: Edite Kroll, Edite Kroll Literary Agency. Illustrator's)\n