FICTION

In My Garden

Holiday House/Neal Porter Bks. Mar. 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823443208.
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PreS-K–Changing seasons bring new things to do and see in the garden. A young girl, her mother, and their cat enjoy spending time together there. In the spring, the girl loves watching birds in the trees and flying kites. Summer is marked by beautiful roses and lunch under the pear tree. As fall approaches, chrysanthemums bloom and leaves get raked into piles for jumping into. Finally, winter is accompanied by snow and ice-skating on the pond. While the young girl likes many things about each dynamic season, she has favorites that stand out among the rest. The formulaic structure of this story provides a framework that readers of all ages will appreciate. Sixty years after Zolotow wrote the book, its message continues to resonate now that the tale has been reimagined with new illustrations. The hand-drawn images and soft, muted colors transport readers into the calm, serene feeling of a garden throughout the year. From start to finish, readers will find relatable sentiments peppered throughout the pages of this story.
VERDICT Preschoolers will enjoy finding a quiet moment to read this book with their caregivers as they discuss the many notable aspects of each season.

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