Good morning, garden

Barbara Brenner

Book - 2004

Upon entering a garden one morning, a child greets the flowers, plants, insects, and animals there.

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Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Chanhassen, Minn. : NorthWord Press 2004.
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Barbara Brenner (-)
Other Authors
Denise Ortakales (illustrator)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Pleasantly off-kilter rhymes pair with intricately constructed sculpted paper scenes in this carefully crafted depiction of a girl's wide-eyed daybreak explorations. Ortakales (Carrot in My Pocket) imbues her full-bleed collages with convincing perspective and depth, using shadows and precise folds that make the flowers, insects and objects appear to lift off the page. Gently creased marble-like cutouts form a remarkably realistic rock stairway, and a leathery toad peeks from underneath an overturned flowerpot. Although the girl herself never quite comes to life, innumerable details in the landscapes await on each spread to delight readers' eyes. Brenner's (What the Elephant Told) rhymes often come unexpectedly, meandering like the girl's path around her garden: "Good morning,/ orange butterfly/ drinking dew./ Good morning, blue/ delphinium,/ purple phlox,/ pink hollyhocks." The book concludes by panning over the neighborhood as it awakens with an early morning jogger and skateboarder, as the girl and her mother kneel to tend to a patch of flowers. Ages 3-5. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A little girl steps inside her garden gate to welcome the arrival of a new day. Greeting flowers and animals, she skips and scampers about the heavenly place, depicted in hues that are fresh and vibrant. "Good morning, bee balm and bumblebees," she chants, and the alliterative tone and subtle rhyme scheme continue throughout this joyful celebration. Children already familiar with cherries and blackberries will take notice of the more unusual "-plants with funny names. Cow Vetch. Goat's Beard. Sneezeweed. Dogbane." Ortakales works with sculpted paper to convey the depth and detail of a garden replete with luscious plants and friendly creatures, both along the garden path and tucked into the underbrush. To usher in the new day and rejoice in nature's gifts, pair this with Chief Jake Swamp's Giving Thanks (Lee & Low, 1995). For a garden unit, plant it alongside Anita Lobel's Alison's Zinnia (Greenwillow, 1990) or Pat Schories's Over under in the Garden (Farrar, 1996; o.p.).-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Horn Book Review

Good morning, sun. / Good morning, sky. / Good morning, orange butterfly."" A little girl goes around her garden greeting flowers, berries, birds, and bugs. Although the text is joyful in tone, the frequently uneven rhyme schemes make it a challenge to read aloud. The cut-paper illustrations seem to pop off the page, with each flower and insect carefully detailed and identifiable. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Brilliant cut-paper collage and joyful rhyme make Brenner's latest a winner. In the opening spread, readers follow a girl beyond the garden gate. She appears close-up on the next page, eyes wide, as she stops to smell the flowers, deep purple cones dotted with tiny blossoms surrounded by lush green leaves. In the background, framed by an indigo field, the orange sun rises. Throughout, textured papers carefully cut and intricately arranged, create three-dimensional tableaus. Children will enjoy exploring the details--a mottled toad beneath a flower pot, a nesting bird, winged ladybugs--and hearing Brenner's text, full of fun words: "Good morning, blue / delphinium, / purple phlox, / pink hollyhocks." This is the anti-bedtime story, and a wonderful way to wake up. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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