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Welcome the outdoors inside for story time with this classic tale of a garden changing through the seasons.
A young girl and her older companion watch birds, fly a kite, plant flowers, and play in the snow, watching flowers bloom and leaves fall as the year passes.
This quiet story celebrates the simple joys found close to home, and the importance of sharing those experiences with the ones you love. A perfect story time pick for any season, In My Garden explores the natural marvels of the world around us and encourages young readers to think about what they love best throughout the year.
Written by picture book master Charlotte Zolotow and originally published in 1960, this elegant reimagining of In My Garden features all-new illustrations by accomplished author-illustrator Philip Stead. His delicate illustrations and gentle, colorful palette bring new life and meaning to this classic tale-- a beautiful tribute to the experience of childhood, and a thank you to a master storyteller.
About the Author
Famed Charlotte Zolotow (1915-2013) authored over seventy picture books, including Over And Over, illustrated by Garth Williams, and Mr. Rabbit And The Lovely Present, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. She was an editor, and later publisher at Harper & Row, and her own books were published by over twenty houses.
Philip Stead is the author of Caldecott medal A Sick Day For Amos Mcgee, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. He has written and illustrated many picture books including Hello, My Name is Ruby, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, All The Animals where I Live and Vernon is on His Way and A Home For Bird, which was on the Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Hornbook Fanfare lists for best Children's books of 2012. Stead lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
★ "This is the best kind of picture book, offering a satisfying reading experience while leaving plenty of space for wondering."—Booklist, Starred Review
★ "[Stead's] stunning artistic interpretation of this text (first published in 1960) is a triumph in how it matches the writing's quiet tone without sacrificing visual interest. . . . A picture book to love best in all seasons. —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Sixty years after Zolotow wrote the book, its message continues to resonate now that the tale has been reimagined with new illustrations. The hand-drawn images and soft, muted colors transport readers into the calm, serene feeling of a garden throughout the year. From start to finish, readers will find relatable sentiments peppered throughout the pages of this story." —School Library Journal
"In loose, pale washes and warm, organic lines, Stead renders a garden that isn’t particularly elegant or manicured—there’s a stone wall, a tree with a swing, an abandoned car and tire planters, a pond to skate on. Small creatures come and go. It’s an intergenerational look at companionable contentment derived from the simplest things, anchored in the natural world."—Publishers Weekly