Inch by Inch: The Garden Song

David Mallett, Author, Ora Eitan, Illustrator
David Mallett, Author, Ora Eitan, Illustrator HarperCollins Publishers $14.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-06-024303-6
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
Hardcover - 978-0-06-024304-3
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-06-443481-2
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-11507-0
Prebound-Glued - 32 pages - 978-0-613-12779-0
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Musician and songwriter Mallett presents a peppy rendition of a familiar folksong, the music to which is printed on the book's final spread. Rake over his shoulder and brimmed straw hat pulled down to his eyes, a grinning young gardener struts down the path as the refrain begins: ""Inch by inch, row by row,/ gonna make this garden grow./ All it takes is a rake and a hoe,/ and a piece of fertile ground."" After planting seeds, the diligent protagonist-hands folded and gazing at the sky-asks that ``someone bless these seeds I sow."" Though its flat, somewhat muddy palette seems at odds with the effervescence of the song, Eitan's (Sun Is Falling, Night Is Calling) accomplished art exerts a strong pull; her style is at once simple and sophisticated, by turns representational and abstract. Heartwarming. Ages 4-8. (May)
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