Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: Kathryn Hewitt
Publisher: Hartcourt, Inc. 1994, HMH Books for Young Readers reprint edition, Mar 13, 2000
Age: 4 - 6
Topic: Gardening, Birthdays, Family, Stories in rhyme
Garden in a shopping cart,
Doesn't it look great?
A young girl prepares a small garden as a surprise for her mother’s birthday.
Learn about the flowers the young girl uses to make her garden: pansies, daisies, daffodils, geraniums and tulips.
Discuss various places to find gardens: in a yard, indoor garden, potted gardens, window sill gardens, and more.
Plant a colorful garden. Find some great ideas here.
Why I Like This Book:
Simple, easy to read and colorful. This book follows a young girl’s journey to making a colorful garden as a surprise for her mother’s birthday. Follow her as she buys the flowers, carries it home and transplant it into a pot. I was drawn to the fact that the family did not live in a single family home but in an apartment and the young girl still found a way to bring both beauty and nature to her home for her mother. It is so important for children to grow up surrounded by natural things even if they don’t have access to a backyard. Something like a garden box is a wonderful way to teach children how to care for plants and the environment.