How Groundhog’s Garden Grew: Lynne Cherry: 9780439323710: Books

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-An entertaining, creative story that’s loaded with information. When hungry Little Groundhog tries to eat some vegetables out of Squirrel’s garden, kind Squirrel takes him under his proverbial wing and shows him how to plant his own veggies to share with the entire animal community. Cherry intertwines the facts and vocabulary of gardening into a believable plot that will keep children reading, and her illustrations are well planned to combine with the text in an unusual way. Expansive spreads showing the animals tending their plots alternate with smaller, framed art. These smaller pictures are surrounded by clearly labeled pictures of various plants at different stages and other related objects. The detailed art continues on the endpapers, where readers can trace the growing cycle of many vegetables. This charming story teaches children about the interplay among all living things, and the good feeling that comes with community participation and sharing.

Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA

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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 3. Little Groundhog loves eating from the neighbor’s vegetable garden–maybe too much. Perhaps it’s time he planted his own garden and, fortunately, Squirrel is willing to show him how. The two animals collect seeds, store them, and after winter hibernation and spring thaw, plant and tend them. By summer, Little Groundhog is joyfully harvesting and eating what they sowed. And such a plentiful harvest calls for sharing, bringing a wonderful Thanksgiving feast for all to enjoy. In simple, descriptive language, Cherry, author of The Great Kapok Tree (1990), tells a charming and also informative story about plants, gardening, and environmental respect. Her beautiful, full-color illustrations–realistic and wonderfully detailed–often incorporate spot-art borders of labeled seedlings and plants, highlighting a diverse array of wildlife. In an author’s note, Cherry describes her own gardening experiences and suggests a few resources for information. Little Groundhog is an endearing character whose awe in the miracle of growth is irresistible; by the close of the story, he has learned the rewards and joy of gardening, as well as the pleasures of friendship and giving. Shelle Rosenfeld

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