Gem by Holly Hobbie

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Look carefully. There may be a gem in your garden.
For nearly four decades, watercolorist Holly Hobbie has drawn inspiration from the wonders of nature. During one especially hard winter, she found herself imagining the story of a determined toad's spring journey. Her vivid depiction of this endearing creature's glorious yet fragile world is a sparkling celebration of survival and renewal. From the muddy brown road outside a farmhouse to the sweet-smelling garden to the cool lily pads in the pond, readers will feel their senses rejuvenated by Holly Hobbie's gemlike, detailed paintings in this nearly wordless work.

About Holly Hobbie

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Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of eleven highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books as well as Fanny, Fanny and Annabelle, and Everything but the Horse. She has also written an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.
Published April 3, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A double-page spread of dandelion-dotted fields reveals Gem’s tiny figure resolutely hopping down a dirt road, while a close-up of Gem wooing a female toad is followed by a spread of Gem surrounded by bouncing baby toads.

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Two letters—from grandmother to granddaughter and vice versa—frame this otherwise wordless story of a toad named Gem.

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One spring day, a little toad named Gem wiggles up through the mud, looks out at the newly green world, and begins a journey that will take her to a peaceful flower garden.

Apr 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Gem

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Wilson Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biologist Author of On Human Nature Sat 11 Tix are available at Sun7:30 @Powells the first collection of short fiction from Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories Saturday the 2nd, 10am / Powell’s City of Books ...

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