Book Review: Flower Garden

Rating: ★★★★☆

A very simple, beautifully illustrated story, told in gentle rhyme, of a young girl and her father embarking on a journey by bus to the grocery store to buy a window flower box.  The purpose of the expedition is revealed when Mother walks in the door, carrying schoolbooks, to find the flowers, birthday cake and chocolate ice cream.  The book ends with an image of the family cozily looking out the window over the flowers, which present a small oasis of beauty in a gray urban world.

This is a lovely depiction of a loving family spending their limited means extravagantly in an expression of love.  The way this father includes his daughter in the project of honoring Mother’s birthday expresses excellent leadership, good child training, and tenderness toward his wife.  Implicit is the fact that this family works hard, with limited means, and that beauty means a great deal to them.

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Publication Information: Bunting, Eve. Flower Garden. Hewitt, Kathryn. . 1994. ISBN: 0152023720.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on May 1, 2009

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