|In a garden|
Author: McCanna, Tim
In a garden a seed grows to sprout to bud to flower, thriving in harmony with living creatures, especially insects.
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2019 “In a garden / on a hill / sparrows chirp / and crickets trill” begins this tribute to the plants, birds, bugs, and other critters that make gardens such lively places. A string of rhymed couplets guides readers along, commenting first on budding trees, tunneling worms, and sprouting seeds. Rain falls and flowers bloom, drawing bees and butterflies, while a robin feeds its nestlings. At twilight, the children chase lightning bugs, and at night, families leave this neighborhood garden to its resident owl and the many insects using camouflage to hide from predators. Concentrating on spring and summer, the book introduces changes and activities in the garden throughout the year. Literal-minded children may wish for more precise continuity of details between text and pictures, but the artwork captures the vitality, color, and variety of the place very well. Created with watercolor, ink, charcoal, and digital elements, the illustrations feature splashes of colors, shifting to lighter, more muted tones only in winter. A pleasant picture-book excursion for kids intrigued by gardens. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.