A Year in Our New Garden
Benjamin and Anna move with their parents into a lovely house in the city that has a big garden. The garden has been neglected and is quite a mess. The children and Mum get busy planning the garden with plots for each to do with as they like. They clean, trim, weed, and plant. The children meet a neighbor boy, Louis, who offers good gardening tips. Through the year, the children, and along with them the readers, learn a great deal about how to have a healthy garden, the benefit of birds and insects, and so much more. There are some recipes and activities as well that readers can try along with Benjamin and Anna.
This lovely book was first published in Germany, then translated into English and published in Edinburgh. European picture books are so much richer and more complex than most American picture books, and this is no exception. There is much more text, but patient American children will be rewarded by a wonderful, layered experience as they go through this book. Gerda Muller’s enchanting illustrations, filled with details, will keep little readers engaged as they experience what European children are lucky enough to find quite often.