My Garden by Kevin Henkes

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If you could grow anything in your garden, what would you grow? In My Garden by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow, 2010), a little girl imagines the gorgeous garden she would grow if she could grow her own garden. In her garden, the flowers would be magical, the weeds would be non-existent, and she’d enjoy tasty chocolate rabbits and jelly beans from her jelly bean tree. Kevin Henkes’ lovely marker-and-watercolor illustrations bring to life the girl’s imaginative garden. I wish I could step right in to enjoy the glowing strawberries and beach-ball sized tomatoes.

My Garden would pair well with an imaginative lesson about gardening or any lesson in the spring time, but the imaginative qualities also make it a lovely picture book for all the time. My favorite line is “the carrots would be invisible because I don’t like carrots.” Use My Garden as a writing prompt for children to write about what they would like in their own garden.

Reviewed on June 20, 2023

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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