My Nana’s Garden by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle


      My Nana’s Garden by Dawn Casey, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, Templar Books – An imprint of Candlewick Press, 9781536217117, 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This warm and heartfelt story demonstrates the love across generations as it portrays a young girl’s delightful experiences in her Nana’s garden. As the seasons come and go, the girl learns about the flowers and creatures who inhabit the patch of earth her nana lovingly tends to year after year. Sadly, as winter descends on the garden, her nana’s passing is symbolized by an empty chair in the snow, visited by a robin stopping by. The young girl mourns her loss and realizes that the best tribute to her nana is to continue her work in the garden, and eventually as she grows, she shares this legacy of love with her own child. While this is a story of loss, it is subtle and charming and has an uplifting message. The watercolor and digital illustrations permeate every page with a sense of love and family belonging. The details are exquisite and reveal new delights upon each new viewing.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? This story would be a comforting read for a child who has lost a grandparent or simply as a wonderful read-aloud that supports the importance of family tradition and legacy.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books or grief collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 4/21/2021

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