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My Garden

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,842 ratings  ·  223 reviews
The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden.



How does your garden grow?

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Greenwillow Books
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Picture Books About Gardens
5th out of 176 books — 92 voters
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2011 Caldecott Hopefuls
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Kathryn
I didn't know anything about the book and was surprised to discover it is not so much about actual gardening (though there is a real garden the mom and daughter plant) as imaginative gardening as the little girl dreams of having a garden with no weeds or dead plants, and wants to plant seashells (to grow seashells, of course!) and jellybeans to grow candy plants. And there would be no carrots, because she does not like them ;-) Overall, I appreciated the imaginative approach, though I do love re ...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 14, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: encouraging imaginative kids to express themselves; garden lovers
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Chocolate rabbits and strawberry lanterns, and flowers that change their colors and have patterns? Sign me up! No carrots and things such as buttons and umbrellas? No thank you. But, that’s what makes this book such fun. Every reader/listener is encouraged to think about what their ideal garden might contain.

A lot of imagination, some humor and some whimsy, and a lot f fun.

I’m not sure I was wild about the illustrations, especially given what they could be given that the story is about gardens,
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Ann
I love the concept of this book - a little girl who, while helping her mother in their garden, imagines the type of garden *she* would have. Her imagination is endless, from planting seashells to grow seashells, to jellybeans to grow candy plants, to all sorts of things in between!

I love books that inspire and promote imagination, and this book does just that.

I did feel though that the book needed more connection (the things to plant felt a little too random for me). And the bit about there not
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Jo
After reading the description, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this but I ended up loving it! It's surprisingly cute.

While helping her mother in the garden, a little girl daydreams about what her garden would look like if she had one. Tomatoes as big as beach balls, chocolate rabbits instead of real ones, flowers that can change colour just by thinking about it and when you pick a flower, a new one pops up!

I especially enjoyed the jelly bean bush and the strawberries that glow like lantern
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Jacoba
My Garden by Kevin Henkes (2010)
Genre: Picture book
Format: Book
Plot summary: A young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special consideration
Review citation (if available: Novelist, Janssen, Carolyn School Library Journal , March 2010, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p119-120
Section source used to find the m
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Sarah Adamson
I like the general idea of this book and really liked the twist at the end and the beautiful illustrations. However the little girl growing chocolate bunny rabbits and then eating them instead of real bunny rabbits eating her mothers lettuce was just weird and made both me and my daughter go what??!
So apart from that glitch, a reasonable kids book.
Anna
My Garden / Kevin Henkes / 2010
Genre: fiction
Format: picture book

Plot Summary: After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

Considerations: none

Review Citation:
Booklist May 29 2013
"Young children will enjoy the girl’s silly and ingenious exploits in her imaginary garden"

Selection Source: Booklist reviews
Recommended age: 0-5
Markie Wise
My Garden has absolutely got to be one of my favorite Kevin Henkes stories! It is about a little girl who helps her mom in her garden. She then begins to think about what she would grow if she had her own garden! Her imagination starts to shine through with her visions of growing chocolate bunnies, beach balls, and so much more.

I love this book because of the amount of imagination this young girl has for her garden she wants. I feel that in today's society, children aren't given as many opportu
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Bonnie Ferrante
The picture book begins in reality with a little girl helping her mother in the garden. From there the child imagines the perfect, magical garden where nothing dies, flowers change color, rabbits are chocolate, and anything you plant including jellybeans and umbrellas will grow. The child discusses flowers and vegetables. At the end, the little girl decides to indulge her fantasy and secretly plants a seashell in the garden.

This simple story would be a wonderful accompaniment to discussion on ga
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Lauren Brink
My Garden is about a young girl who helps her mother work in the garden. The little girl weeds, waters, and chases away the rabbits so they don’t eat the lettuce. However, if she had her own garden it would only have chocolate rabbits for her to eat. Her garden would not have any weeds, and all of the flowers would keep growing and never die. Along with this, the flowers would change whatever color she wanted it to, and if she planted seashells or jellybeans, she would grow seashells and jelly b ...more
Allison Parker
Imagination as well as flowers bloom in this book. A young girl, after working in her mother's garden, imagines what her own garden would be like: flowers would change colors, seashells would grow on stems, and carrots would be invisible, because "I don't like carrots." Henkes' artwork is bright and bubbly, often busy pastels that might overwhelm without the blissfully white and simple text pages facing each illustration.
Anna Stover
Most garden books for kids are not, let's face it, capable of captivating an audience of 7 year olds. To do so takes imagination and skill. Nevertheless, that's exactly what My Garden does: I had a roomful of boys and girls oohing and ahhing and laughing at the imaginative flights of fancy of the heroine as she creates an ideal garden. It made for a great after-storytime project of drawing their own imaginary gardens (although admittedly some of their gardens were a little darker than the ones i ...more
Julie
Oh Kevin Henkes, I love your books!
"If I planted seashells, I'd grow seashells. if I planted jelly beans, I'd grow a great big jelly bean bush." This reminded of the time i buried charcoal all over my yard because i thought diamonds would pop out.
Haley Dustman
I love the concept of this book - a little girl who, while helping her mother in their garden, imagines the type of garden *she* would have. Her imagination is endless, from planting seashells to grow seashells, to jellybeans to grow candy plants, to all sorts of things in between!

I did feel though that the book needed more connection (the things to plant felt a little too random for me). And the bit about there not being real bunnies in the girl's garden, but instead chocolate bunnies that she
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RC
In typical Kevin Henkes' fashion My Garden is a beautifully illustrated, creative story about a child engaging with the world around her. Told in the first person, the story discusses gardening and the seasons in a loving, inventive way. This book is sure to inspire conversations about what can go in a garden and what helps a garden grow. The best parts, however, are the gorgeous illustrations and careful detail that Henkes brings to every page.

This would be a wonderful addition to any collec
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Vivian
"My Garden" consists of a little girl's dream wish-list for what a garden ought to be. There are no weeds and the flowers are always in bloom. They can even change colors and patterns. If you pick a flower another grows back right away. The rabbits are all edible chocolate and anything you plant will grow -- seashells, jelly beans, buttons, umbrellas, and keys. The tomatoes grow as big as beach balls and the carrots are invisible (so you won't have to eat them). At night the morning glories shin ...more
Dana Wright
Imagination and garden. An inspiring book.
Julia
“My Garden” is about a little girl who helps her mother take care of her garden. She imagines what it would be like to have her own garden and how much more beautiful hers would be compared to her mother’s. She pictures a magic garden where everything is perfect and she can grow whatever she wants, including, buttons, jelly beans, and seashells. She decides to plant a seashell in the garden before she goes to bed one night to see if a seashell tree will grow. The last illustration in the book is ...more
Tasha
A little girl helps her mother in her garden. It is a nice garden, but if the little girl could create her own garden, it would be very different! There would be no weeds. No plants would die. If you imagined the flowers different colors and patterns, they would change. Rabbits would not eat lettuce, instead they would be chocolate rabbits meant to be eaten. There would be lots of birds and butterflies, and unique things would suddenly grow. This beauty of a book will inspire children to dream t ...more
Jill
A little girl helps her mother in the garden and imagines what her own garden would be like: her flowers could change color, grow back right after you picked them, have chocolate rabbits running through it, grow seashells, jellybean bushes, and more! Preschool- Grade1.

Curriculum Connection: This would be a wonderful book to do an art project with, letting students show their individuality, and creating a classroom garden with the pictures. It would be a terrific discussion starter on being uniqu
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Eva Leger
3.5 - This is nothing like the description which is very bland. I'm surprised I already had this listed to-read and I must have found it elsewhere because there is no way I'd have added this - much less went and found it - on that description alone. (That description is also on the inside front flap of the book. You'd think someone could have come up with something a little more, well, uh, descriptive.)
An interesting little piece of info - there is a family by the name of Henkes in my developme
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Ellen Shackley
Genre: Fantasy

Summary: A young girl gardens with her mother and dreams of her own fantastic garden where anything is possible.

A. Theme

B. This book had a strong positive theme of hope and believing in your dreams. In the story, the young girl dreams of a garden where impossible things happen, towards the end she admits that she knows none of these things could happen but still dreams of them. I think the author depicted the theme very well.

C. The young girl in the book lists many things that woul
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Layla & Rachel
Before you even begin reading this book, or this review, we wanted to point something out. This book doesn't rhyme. We know it's silly, it doesn't matter, blah blah blah. But to some it does. We will still read a book if it doesn't rhyme, but we can't lie. Every time Rachel starts to read a children's book out loud, she starts out reading it as if she's trying to find the cadence to the rhyme. And then it doesn't rhyme. And then Rachel and Layla share an awkward glance as if they are too embarra ...more
Amy Musser
The young girl in this book loves to help in her mother’s garden by watering and weeding. She thinks her mother’s garden is very nice, but if she had a garden of her own it would be very different. The flowers would change colors and never stop blooming. The weeds would be nonexistent and the rabbits wouldn’t eat the lettuce because they would be chocolate rabbits! And the girl would be able to plant all sorts of things, like jelly beans and seashells, and they would grow. Although the girl know ...more
Scott Pagel
From the first panel, I thought this was going to be a cute story about a young daughter helping her mom work in the garden. And then I turned the page...

This girl's dream garden is the greatest garden ever! I'd be slightly put off by so many birds filling the air and I'd make my carrots big and the tomatoes invisible, but every other idea is glorious. I especially loved the chocolate rabbits and laughed out loud at the perfect words and tone used to share about that part of the dream garden. Th
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Tony Lewis


Title:My Garden
Author:Kevin Henkes
Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publishing Date:2010
ISBN Number:978-0-06-171518

Summary:Whimsical story about a little girl who loves being in her mom's garden. she has other ideas however on what she would want her garden to look like and what it would yield. She dreams of flowers that never die and jellybean bushes. The illustrations are vibrant and the prose is easy to follow and fun to read.

Age Level:2-6

Instructional Uses and Student A
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Rosa Cline
A little girl was working in her Mother's garden with her. And although she loves her Mama's garden, her mind starts to really work...using her imagination. She imagins all sorts of wonderful things for her garden like flowers that automatically grow back if you pull them. Tomatoes that grow perfectly but no carrots (she doesn't like carrots) things like that. A really nice book to encourage children to use their imaginations.
Nicole Perez
One of my favorite Henkes books, it is rich with bright lively illustrations as he tells the story of a little girl (from the perspective of a little girl) she who fantasizes and gushes about what her own garden would be like if she had one. This is prompted from her helping her mother in the garden. In this story, Henkes illuminates the beauty of imagination and wonder; the main character talks of "flowers that change color just by thinking" about it, the chocolate bunnies she would eat, the je ...more
Cheeri
The bold use of color in this book is astounding! I love how Kevin Henkes uses so many different colors to illustrate My Garden. Most of the illustrations in this picture book are full-bleed. A few illustrations are framed by a rough-edge circle. The text is centered on the page opposite the illustration. The story is about an imaginative little girl who helps her mother take care of the family garden. She shows up in every illustration with her pink dress and straw hat. The little girl imagines ...more
Karen
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week.

This is not my favorite of Kevin Henkes' books. The story itself is fine, if not very inspired or even interesting. The test does read oddly -- I'm not sure if you are supposed to read it in the cadence of the almost rhyme that it seems to want to be, or in kind of a jerky rhythm which seems to fit the text and pictures better.

The artwork, of course, is good -- very good, in fact -- but, again, not my favorite of his artwork.
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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