What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gentle book may encourage kids to start digging in the dirt.
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?