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Isabella's Garden
by Glenda Millard
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This lyrical picture book about gardening begins with the setting of seeds in Isabella's garden. Once they're in the ground, the reader follows the course of the seeds' growth. The clouds provide water, the sun adds heat and light, and soon the sleeping seeds sprout, and plants begin to poke their green little heads above the soil.

The cumulative story grows longer, just as the plants grow taller, as the narrative continues. Spring passes on to summer and fall. Various insects and birds populate the area in and around the garden as the plants mature and die. Then, the process starts again.

The art is vibrant, although some of the pages are a little too busy for my taste as there seems to be a little too much going on. Just as the page art becomes a little cluttered, so too the text is a bit convoluted.

Although pleasant enough, this picture book that purports to explore the growth and continual change that goes on in nature isn't one Id purchase for a young child. That's not to say, though, that some children wouldn't love the illustrations and storyline. I'd recommend paging through the entire book before making a purchase or checking it out at the library first.

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