Conteh-Morgan, Jane. My Garden. Book Review.

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The pictures are interesting mixture of collage and watercolor. The child in the story could be male or female. Each illustration is a double-page spread. A little brown bird accompanies the child throughout her activities.

The pages take the reader step-by-step through the process of creating a flower garden by utilizing a simple rhyming scheme. “Dig a garden. Plant some seeds. Give them water. Pull up weeds. Plants get bigger. Flowers grow. Take them to someone you know.”

While this story reminds me of “The Carrot Seed” by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson, the illustrations are different enough that both books could be in a child’s library.

The linear narration is perfect for teaching cause and effect to toddlers as they learn about gardening. The actions of the independent child, who requires no assistance from an adult, will encourage competence in children.


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