cover image Thank You, Garden

Thank You, Garden

Liz Garton Scanlon, illus. by Simone Shin. Beach Lane, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4814-0350-4

An array of people of varied skin tones and ages work and play among an urban garden’s raised beds, accompanied by fragmentary rhyming text, in this pleasant book: “Garden ready/ garden new// garden so much/ work to do!” Smiling, triangle-nosed children with dot eyes admire critters, play with hoses, and watch sunsets, grounding the metaphor in Scanlon’s loveliest line: “Garden growing like a child,/ rosy,/ leggy,/ fresh, and wild.” The book ends with an image of people gathered around a table joyfully eating salad, but the reading experience is less nourishing, with choices that sometimes skew toward the convenient: “Garden rock/ and garden water/ Garden son/ and garden daughter.” Shin’s illustrations, created with acrylic, watercolor, and photo editing software, use bright color and chunky crisp shapes to create charming garden scenes. Ages 3–7. [em](Mar.) [/em]