Isabella's Garden by Glenda Millard

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A lyrical, uplifting picture book explores the growth and continual change that goes on in a much-loved garden.

This is the sun that kisses the clouds
that cried the rain that soaks the seeds
that sleep in the soil, all dark and deep,
in Isabella’s garden.

In Isabella’s garden, amazing things come from the tiniest of seeds as they bloom and flourish and make way for a whole new season of growth. Told with great warmth and echoing favorite nursery rhymes such as "The Green Grass Grows All Around" or "The House that Jack Built," Glenda Millard’s award-winning story bursts with life. Beautifully complemented by Rebecca Cool’s bright, peaceful illustrations, here is a tale that is sure to win the hearts of readers of all ages.

About Glenda Millard

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Glenda Millard has written many award-winning books for children of all ages, including Kaito's Cloth; Layla, Queen of Hearts; and The Naming of Tishkin Silk. Glenda Millard lives in Australia. Rebecca Cool studied at the Claremont School of Fine Arts in Australia and has had her work shown in a number of exhibitions. This is her first book for children. Rebecca Cool lives in Australia.
Published March 13, 2012 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Beginning and ending with the soil “all dark and deep,” seeds sprout, rain falls and flowers “waltz with the wind.” A songbird hatches, leaves turn, a mantis vainly prays to the moon “that winter come never or not quite so soon.” Jack Frost dances past, leaving an empty nest and “a handful of see...

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In this hyper-stylized, horticulturally themed riff on “The House That Jack Built,” Isabella and her friends plant “seeds/ that sleep in the soil,/ all dark and deep,” a simple act that results not on

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The book Isabella's Garden is very well written and there are amazing drawings.

Jun 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Isabella's Garden

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