Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? With its gentle rhythm reminiscent of Scanlon’s All the World, this poem about the tending, community, and reward of an urban garden delights in every way. Shin, who illustrated Bob Raczka’s poetic Niko Draws a Feeling (Carolrhoda), here assembles a diverse, multi-generational group of gardeners who care for and observe the plot through its growing season. There is much to savor in this a joyful celebration of community gardening.
Anything you did not like about the book? No–it’s warm and lovely.
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for a spring read aloud, to pair with a seed-starting project and to inspire a writing and/or art session about gardens and gardening. Pair with Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market by Michelle Schaub (Charlesbridge) or In a Garden by Tim McCanna (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman).
Who should buy this book? Elementary libraries, public libraries, preschools and daycares.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Lisa Rogers, John D. Hardy Elementary School Library, Wellesley, MA
Date of review: March 15, 2020