Flower garden /
written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt.
edition
1st Harcourt Brace Big Books ed.
imprint
San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., 1994.
description
1 v. (unp.d) : col. ill. ; 46 cm.
ISBN
0152019685, 9780152019686
format(s)
Book
Holdings
  • In
    Curriculum Resources
    428.6 B942F Big Book
    Browse Shelf Note ▼
    3RD FLOOR; borrowing restricted to OISE students, faculty and staff
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imprint
San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., 1994.
isbn
0152019685
9780152019686
abstract
Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother. Follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they purchase "a garden," and board the bus to carry it home. The pansies, tulips, daffodils, geraniums, and daisies are lovingly planted in a window box, and the candles on the cake are lighted--just as Mom walks in the door to find her daughter, her husband, and her birthday surprise.
catalogue key
10056423
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1994-04-04:
A plot about creating a windowbox garden scarcely portends the appeal of this lyrical, ebullient book. On a spring day in an urban neighborhood, a girl and her father visit the supermarket: ``Garden in a shopping cart / Doesn't it look great? / Garden on the checkout stand / I can hardly wait.'' The youngster's anticipation grows as the duo travels home--walking down the street, riding the bus, climbing the apartment house stairs--all the while guarding their flowers. Without contrivance or strain, Bunting's verse evokes the universal yet unexpected felicity of blooming color, and the author throws in a happy surprise at the end: the ``garden box'' is a birthday present for the girl's mother. Hewitt's intimate, oil paintings gain power through imaginative use of perspective and clean simplicity. The illustrations include just enough detail to prime side observations from pre-readers and still keep the focus on the verse. Fresh as a daisy. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An intimate family portrait."--Parenting "An inspiration for younger children and their parents."--The Boston Globe "Fresh as a daisy."--Publishers Weekly
"An intimate family portrait."Parenting "An inspiration for younger children and their parents."The Boston Globe "Fresh as a daisy."Publishers Weekly
"Should be a staple in every spring storyhour."-- School Library Journal "An inspiration for younger children and their parents."-- The Boston Globe
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Summaries
Main Description
A girl and her father go to the store to buy plants, soil, and a window box for a flower garden that's going places: from the store, to the shopping cart, on the bus ride home, and up the stairs to become a colorful birthday surprise for the little girl's mother.
Main Description
An urban African-American girl and her father buy plants, potting soil, and a window box at the supermarket, ride the bus to their apartment, and put together a colorful gift for the child's mother. Rhyming verse carries the brief story, while wonderful, warm, full-color illustrations present scenes from novel angles, and depict a loving family with a sense of intimacy, sincerity, and joy.-- School Library Journal
Main Description
Follow the progress of a little girl and her father as they purchase "a garden," and board the bus to carry it home. The pansies, tulips, daffodils, geraniums, and daisies are lovingly planted in a window box, and the candles on the cake are lighted--just as Mom walks in the door to find her daughter, her husband, and her birthday surprise.

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