Thursday, 6 February 2020

In the Garden by Noelle Smit and James Tuomey

A year passes gently in one family's garden.

I've only scratched the surface of this amazing book. At first glimpse it's quite simple; twelve double page spreads, one for each month of a year, showing the garden from different angles while the text explains what's happening in each. So in January, the garden is quiet and still; in May, things are starting to flower; by September everyone is busy harvesting.

Each picture is packed with details and things to notice. This book deserves to be looked at over and over again, to have little fingers pointing and exclaiming. Hopefully it will lead a few people into trying to grow their own, too.

This is a fabulous book and I'll be buying some for the kids I know. Just beautiful.

(This book has been translated from Dutch, but the words are so simple that there's no awkward phrasing or difficulty.)

See how we work through the seasons to make the plants and flowers grow. We sow seeds in spring, eat berries in summer and pick the apples in the autumn.

Gorgeous colour illustrations show, month by month, how the vegetable garden grows.

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