Love Makes a Garden Grow

S. & S./Paula Wiseman. Mar. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534442863.
K-Gr 3–This sweet, family-centric picture book about a young girl, her grandfather, and their relationship to plants and gardening will resonate with families separated by time and place. The illustrations of the plants in the grandfather’s garden, in apartment spaces, and even in pots are vibrant, engaging, and postcard worthy. The prose is simple and breezy as we grow with the girl and her plants, and readers ultimately see her become a mother herself and bring her “sprout” to meet grandfather to learn about the power of gardens.
VERDICT While engaging for young readers who have strong grandparent ties or a love of plants, the arc of the story feels more attuned to the parents reading this story aloud than the child reader, but the illustrations will pair well with greenhouse trips, garden growing lessons, and plant identification.

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