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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Planting the Wild Garden

Planting the Wild Garden

Spring 2011 Non-Fiction
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Kathryn Galbraith
Illustrator: Wendy Anderson Halperin
ISBN: 978-1-56145-563-8
Hardcover Price: $15.95

"Waves of black and gold dip into the meadow," as goldfinches scatter thistle seeds to the earth. In the wild of nature, this is how gardens grow. Birds, wind, water, and even wandering hikers all help with the planting. This lovely and poetic picture book by Kathryn O. Galbraith demonstrates for young readers the many methods of seed dispersal at work on the planet. Cockleburs catch on a rabbit’s coat, and pods from Scotch broom "pop their seeds, like popcorn from a pan." The accompanying watercolor and pencil illustrations are soft, lovely, and full of realistic detail. Endpapers are also beautifully illustrated, featuring examples of many types of seeds. Galbraith includes a helpful bibliography of further reading about seeds, plants, and birds for readers who are interested in knowing more about the subject.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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