PreS-Gr 2 -This book takes readers on a journey through the seasons exploring the blossoming of flowers. Garland pairs the short rhyming text with beautiful and eye-catching illustrations created by a digital collage technique he developed. ("Snowdrop and Crocus. We are the earliest flowers of spring. Robins devour the bugs that we bring.") Each page shows a seasonal flower(s) in full bloom and the wildlife that's attracted to its fragrance and color. The text could easily supplement units on seasons and plants for younger readers or serve as an early introduction to life science. Librarians and parents alike will reach for this title as spring and summer come around. Back matter contains more detailed information about each bud mentioned and a summary of the life of a flower. VERDICT A solid purchase for collections in need of a fresh option for season-themed storytimes. --School Library Journal Express
Michael Garland (Patterson, NY) is the illustrator of 75 children's picture books, half of which he also wrote. Miss Smith and the Haunted Library is a New York Times bestseller. Other recent books include Tilbury's A Season of Flowers, and Daddy Played the Blues, Lost Dog, Tugboat, Car Goes Far, Fish Had a Wish (starred review from Publisher's Weekly), Where's My Homework?, and Grandpa's Tractor (selected for the Original Art of Children's Book Show by the Society of Illustrators in New York). He has illustrated bestselling picture books for James Patterson, Gloria Estefan, and other celebrity authors, and his illustrations for Patterson's Santa Kid were the inspiration for Saks Fifth Avenue's Christmas holiday window display in New York City. Garland's Christmas Magic has become a seasonal classic and is currently in development as an animated Christmas special. Michael makes school visits across the country.
Tilbury House Publishers
0.7" H x 7.2" L x 7.9" W