Thursday, November 30, 2006

poetry friday: Busy in the Garden by George Shannon



Busy in the Garden by George Shannon. Illustrated by Sam
Williams.

Dig a little.
Dig a lot.
Dig a brand-new garden spot.

Plant a little.
Plant a lot.
Plant the seeds and bulbs you bought.

Wait a little.
Wait a lot.
Wait much longer than you thought.

Pick a little.
Pick a lot.
Share the best bouquet you've got!

There's so much freshness and playfulness in this collection of gardening related poems, it's easy to understand why the illustrator chose to fill the pictures with images of toddlers. That may limit its appeal to older children... but no matter, some of these clever poems are clearly destined to be anthologized later. Meanwhile, younger children can enjoy the bouncy rhymes and word play, even if they're too young to appreciate many of the jokes. ("...the scarecrow--what a stuffed shirt!") The busy toddlers, happy animals and even smiling vegetables all add to the friendly air of the book, with light pen & ink pictures that never crowd out the words. (2 & up)

2Bligs:

Blogger Elaine Magliaro bligged...

I really like BUSY IN THE GARDEN. There aren't that many poetry books written especially for this age group. This is one of the best I've seen in years.

I also like WAKE UP HOUSE! and HELLO SCHOOL! by Dee Lillegard

12/02/2006 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Scott bligged...

Nice post which There's so much freshness and playfulness in this collection of gardening related poems, it's easy to understand why the illustrator chose to fill the pictures with images of toddlers. That may limit its appeal to older children.Thanks a lot fr posting this article.

6/09/2012 9:59 PM  

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