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In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby
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Apr 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: african-american-interest, picture-book
Read on April 01, 2011

In the Garden with Dr. Carver is a delightful fictional-biographical sketch of George Washington Carver, presenting "the famous plant scientist from the big school in Tuskegee" as a character that children can easily relate to. As young Sally describes Dr. Carver's visit to her school, Susan Grigsby skillfully and seamlessly includes factual information. Nicole Tadgell's watercolor paintings add cheerfulness and humor. The artist's end pages, with detailed natural drawings of plants and living creatures, labelled in both English and Latin, are a special touch. But I have to admit that what made the big impression on me was the children's clothing pictured. From the end note, I gathered that the story takes place between 1906 and 1918, when long black stockings and pinafores were in vogue. I remember this look from the illustrations in some of my favorite childhood books, including Edith Nesbit's Five Children and It and Sydney Taylor's All of a Kind Family. Of course, African American children would have been dressed the same way at the time, yet this is the first children's book I've encountered that shows that. Amazingly, it gave me the experience of having an unmet yearning of my heart fulfilled.
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Janice  Durante Thanks for writing about this title, Becky. I'm adding it to my list of must-reads.


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