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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,936 ratings  ·  322 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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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
Wendi Lee
I borrowed this book from the library for my toddler on a whim. She normally picks books about cartoon animals, but we've been working in the garden together, and I thought it might be a nice change of pace. She loved it so much, she immediately asked me to read it again. I enjoyed the lush artwork and whimsical story. This definitely goes on our to-buy list. ...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kevin Henkes Fans
A young girl describes her own ideal garden in this paean to childhood imagination, envisioning a fantastic space with no weeds, chocolate bunnies that the girl can eat (rather than flesh-and-blood bunnies who eat the plants), flowers that automatically grow again, when picked, and soil in which anything that is planted - sea shells, jelly beans - will yield a crop. The colorful ink and watercolor illustrations have a simple, folksy feeling that accentuates the "simple" pleasures of a garden, wh ...more
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
Mar 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2016 marked it as picture-books
Young girl imagines her perfect garden. Great colours, illustrations and ideas.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the dreams in her garden. Such a simple imaginative take on gardening. My favorite one was the garden of seashells. Would be a great addition to a storytime on gardens or imagination.

And yes, this would be my type of garden.
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preschool - Grade 1
A little girl's imagination creates this colorful tale of what it be would like if she planted a garden! Flowers can change colors just by thinking it. Even chocolate rabbits and seashells would have a home in her garden. My granddaughter loves her mother's garden, and this is the perfect book for her!

Reviewed by Debbie Hersh, Circulation, Vernon Area Public Library
Whimsical book about what a girl would grow in her ideal garden. The illustrations make it look like she’s having so much fun in the garden.
I love her imagination. I would definitely love a garden like this. A fun read-a-long where you could ask the kids what would be or wouldn't be in their garden. ...more
Kristine Hansen
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A child helps in the garden and daydreams about all the things she would grow if the garden were hers. This was a delight to look at, and was filled with imagination and the wonder of trying to figure out just how things grow and which things planted in soil will net results (like jelly beans or seashells).

I wanted to go back and just look at the pictures all over again after reading this book. This is one that makes me smile, and makes me eager to work outside in my own garden. One for the favo
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Allison Parker
Nov 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Sarah Adamson
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ms Threlkeld
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As someone who kills everything I try to grow, I approve of the fantastic garden imagined by the protagonist and wouldn't mind having a similar one. This book is a wonderful ode to the power of imagination and the vivid illustrations compliment the text perfectly. ...more
Franki Sibberson
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Great new title by Henkes. Reminds me of when I planted crayons, hoping more would grow.
Dana Wright
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Imagination and garden. An inspiring book.
Joanne Roberts
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adorable with child-like illustrations and voice. Who wouldn't love to imagine a garden with glowing strawberries, or invisible carrots, or blooming umbrellas? ...more
Erin Schoenherr
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
1. Summary: This book is about a little girl who helps her mother take care of the garden, but she also imagines her own garden. She imagines the strawberries glow like lanterns, the rabbits are chocolate, she would grow seashells and tomatoes as big as beach balls.

2. Review: I think this is a great picture book because it shows imagination and creativity to young children. The little girl imagines her own magical garden and it will allow children to foster imagination as well. It also has beau
Cassandra Gelvin
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Living chocolate bunnies would be kind of gross, though.

It's cute, but it kind of implies that a magical garden like the girl describes actually exists. I think if it was clearer about that, it would be great. The narrator, a girl, describes her ideal garden, with no weeds, magical flowers, bunnies made of chocolate, seashells and jelly beans and umbrellas growing in the ground, and "The carrots would be invisible because I don't like carrots." That's cute. At the end, the girl plants a seashell
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Garden captures the innocence of being a child. As the young girl helps her mom in the garden, she begins to think of what her garden would be like if she had her very own. As her imagination runs wild, she thinks of planting shells, jelly beans, and wonders what she can do with the flowers. This fun and bright colored story is both engaging and entertaining. I enjoyed how the illustrations were representative of what the little girl was thinking for her own garden. I also really enjoyed the ...more
Hannah Koehoorn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young girl helps her mother in her garden, and her imagination runs wild. In her garden flowers change colors, seashells grow, and strawberries glow in the night. With every new page, the girl is imagining new magical plants growing in her garden that have never existed before. The main theme of the story is imagination, as the girl makes up brilliant and funny plants that grow. She even makes sure carrots don't grow in her garden because she doesn't like those. It is a short, enchanting story ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A little girl helps her mother out in the garden and starts daydreaming about what her very own garden would be like. Flowers would change color with just a thought, and sea shells would grow, as would jellybeans. A flower would regrow as soon as it was picked and the rabbits would be made of chocolate. The book ends with the little girl sneaking out at bedtime to plant her sea shell in the garden and the last page shows it growing roots.

This would be a good book on growing things and distinguis
Gabriella Brown
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book won the Charlotte Zolotow Award. The book is appropriate for kindergarten. The book follows a little girl who loves to garden with her mother. She begins by complaining about the weeds, she then proceeds to talk about her imaginary perfect garden. She includes chocolate bunnies and instant color-changing flowers in her garden. I love this book because of the hobby our main character is so interested in. I love the creative elements of her imaginary garen. The illustrations are also ver ...more
Cassidy Crandall
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
A creative young girl is empowered by her mother’s garden. Her play time is when she dreams about what life would be like if she had her very own. Her imagination runs wild, trees were filled with jelly beans, color changing flowers, growing sea shells, and edible chocolate bunnies. This picture book is short, but is so fun to read. The illustrations were simply beautiful and so colorful that it made the story come to life. The imagery is so real that I could even picture my own creative garden. ...more
A little girl describes what kind of garden she would have. There would be no weeds and flowers that never stop blooming. Chocolate rabbits that you can eat. Flowers that change color just by thinking about a new color for them. "If I planted jelly beans, I'd grow a great big jelly bean bush."

A celebration of an imaginative little girl and the beautiful world she would like to create. It would be a great prompt for students to answer, as well. What would your garden be like?
Jeremy Ruth
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-350-shelf
This story is about a young girl who helps her mother in a garden. The girl's imagination is on display throughout the whole story, and it is very amusing. She tells what she wants, what she would plant, and what she wouldn't. It's a very cute book to read.

I think I would have my young students read this, and then draw their own gardens so they can share them with the class. I think it would be a fun interactive piece of literature that can expose some imagination within the classroom.
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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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