Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Planting the Wild Garden" by Kathryn O. Galbraith & illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin (Review & Giveaway)

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-563-8
About the book: Eloquent text and stunning illustrations combine to explore the many ways seeds are distributed.

A farmer and her son carefully plant seeds in their garden. In the wild garden, many seeds are planted too, but not by farmers' hands. Different kinds of animals transport all sorts of seeds, often without knowing it. Sometimes rain washes seeds away to a new and unexpected location. And sometimes something extraordinary occurs, as when the pods of Scotch broom burst open explosively in the summer heat, scattering seeds everywhere like popcorn.

Kathryn Galbraith's lyrical prose seamlessly combines with Wendy Halperin's elegant, crisp illustrations to show that many elements-some unexpected-work together through the seasons to create and sustain the wild meadow garden.

My thoughts: I love picture books for children. They are wonderful teaching tools and the opportunity they afford the child and parent to interact is tremendously rewarding to both the child and the adult. When you hold this lovely, large picture book you are immediately captivated by the illustrations reminiscent of an earlier gentler time when the illustrations of children's books were lovely, soft, gentle, and fine tuned. The beautiful watercolor and pen illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin are all these. Richly illustrating plants and seeds along side of the lovely critters in the wild.

A picture book is about words as well as pictures. The finely crafted text and story line that Kathryn O. Galbraith uses to tell in a simple yet powerful way the wonderful seeding of the world around us in nature by nature. Seeds exploding. Wind blowing seeds. Animals transferring seeds. It is all there. A well-crafted science lesson for the young child just beginning to grasp knowledge of the world around him.

A good combination - author Kathryn O. Galbraith and illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin. It is not a surprise that the book they developed won a Growing Good Kids Book Award and a 2010 Parents' Choice Approved Award. I recommend this book for libraries wherever children hunt for delectable books to read.
GIVEAWAY:  The generous folks at Peachtree Publishers is offering a giveaway copy to one of Chat With Vera's readers. Just enter below using the Rafflecopter form. Begins May 18 & ENDS June 3 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. Open to USA addresses only. 
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DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Planting the Wild Garden was provided to me by Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was provided for this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.

Author info: Kathryn O. Galbraith is an award-winning children's book author with more than a dozen picture books to her credit, including Boo, Bunny!; Arbor Day Square; Traveling Babies; and Laura Charlotte. She teaches writing for children at the University of Washington.

Illustrator info: Wendy Anderson Halperin is the illustrator of over twenty-five books, including Thank You, God, For Everything and Turn! Turn! Turn! She also created the award-winning project "Drawing Children into Reading." She lives in Michigan. 


  1. Gardens always remind me of all of the ways God made us each different. All beautiful in their own way, every seed, plant & flower has a purpose. So do we.

    1. Absolutely, Georgia B. Thank you for this reminder.

  2. May the blessing of light be on you—
    light without and light within.
    May the blessed sunlight shine on you
    and warm your heart
    till it glows like a great peat fire.

  3. If at first you don't succeed...try and try again. My grandma always told me that!

  4. Flowers are just one of the many beautiful things God has given us to show His love for us!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  5. I love seeing the wildflowers in the fields of the home farm I grew up on.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  6. What a beautiful book. Thanks so much for linking it in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop and for a wonderful giveaway. We are in Oz so not eligible but we can always tweet. Best wishes Julie Grasso

  7. Lovely book! Thanks for the recommendation. I'll be tweeting about your giveaway. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  8. I love a beautiful flower garden.

    Katie J

  9. Seeds exploding & wind blowing seeds is interesting for kids to learn. This book sounds like it would be a wonderful teaching tool for a child to learn about gardens.

  10. A bird feeder at work today had finches and nuthatches busy eating up all the seeds.

  11. I love dandelions. I think they add character to grass. Most people dislike them, but I like them fine :)


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