Glenda Millard has written many award-winning books for children of all ages, including Kaito's Cloth; Layla, Queen of Hearts; and The Naming of Tishkin Silk. Glenda Millard lives in Australia.
Rebecca Cool studied at the Claremont School of Fine Arts in Australia and has had her work shown in a number of exhibitions. This is her first book for children. Rebecca Cool lives in Australia.
Bright, sumptuous mixed-media spreads have a folk-art quality,
while the simplicity of the artwork mirrors the lyrical text. The
awe, mystery, and beauty of the changing seasons as experienced by
the children make this a must-have book to welcome spring.
--School Library Journal
A garden becomes a symbol for the circle of life in this
child-appealing story told in verse reminiscent of "The House That
Jack Built..". The folk art-style paintings feature stylized
children, birds, insects, and even a fantastical Jack Frost, who
despite his outfit resembles the doll-like children. Satisfying to
listen to and look at, and along the way children will learn
something about how a garden grows.
Every spread is filled to the brim with Cool's full-bleed
paintings and Australian author Millard's verse.
At once stately and soothing--a fine choice for bedtime sharing
or for calming ruffled spirits in general.
--Seven Impossible Things blog
The expected rhythm of the words matches well the roundness of
the naturally growing world, and the less expected rhymes (like
"appled" and "dappled" and "wind" and "velvety skinned") draw our
attention further. Rebecca Cool's bright polychromed pictures of
children and plants rev up gardening enthusiasm.
This is a beautifully written tale that follows the repetitive
pattern of "The House that Jack Built" - perfectly to the circular
cycle of nature.
--San Antonio Express-News
Take a journey through Isabella's garden, where beautiful
flowers bloom and the tiniest of seeds flourish.