My Garden

Common Sense Media says

The perfect spring read for fertile imaginations.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids learn a bit about gardening -- weeding, watering, blooming and dying flowers.

Positive messages

There’s ample room for both work and play in this fantasy. As she helps tend the garden, the young girl finds great pleasure in daydreaming about her wished-for garden.

Positive role models

The young girl dutifully helps her mom, even though you get the sense that she wishes there weren’t quite so much work to be done.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gentle book may encourage kids to start digging in the dirt.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

A young girl helps her mother tend the garden, but then confides what kind of garden she’d rather have -- one filled with forever-blooming flowers, chocolate rabbits instead of the real ones, umbrella plants, and strawberries that glow like lanterns. Back to reality at the end, she takes a chance and plants a seashell. Who knows what might happen?

Is it any good?


Kevin Henkes celebrates the possibilities that gardening promises by letting a young girl’s imagination run wild. He revels in spring with an Easter-candy palette that hearkens not just to the chocolate rabbits and jelly bean bush but the abundance of flowers, birds, and butterflies that fill the girl’s daydreams. Her whimsical garden of what-ifs will bring a smile to parents and children. Funny, wistful, and sweet, it’s a perfect springtime read.

Watercolors teem with life.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they’d like to plant in a magic garden of their own. What would you grow? How would you plant it? How would you take care of it?

  • Families can explore the very real magic of growing something from seed. Plant a bean, a sunflower, or even a carrot. Talk about what you think will happen, and how long it might take. What do you need to do to help your plant grow?

Book details

Author:Kevin Henkes
Illustrator:Kevin Henkes
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Greenwillow Books
Publication date:February 23, 2010
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 7
Read aloud:2
Read alone:6

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Kid, 11 years old January 6, 2011

not a good thing for kids

this cake is for adults only!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byJennyS November 30, 2010
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byRebalyn April 5, 2010

Just got this book

Super cute book! Love the illustrations. Totally opens up the imagination.
What other families should know
Great role models


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