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Doing the Garden [Hardcover]

Sarah Garland
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Book Description

15 Oct 2007
Frances Lincoln are delighted to reissue Sarah Garland's classic picture book series featuring a warm and very down-to-earth family as they go about their daily life. Doing the Garden follows the family as they go to the garden centre, choose their flowers and seeds and even a tree. They come home, work together in the garden and are finished in time for tea.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; reissue edition (15 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845077210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845077211
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 19.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great fun and ideal for reading aloud. (Bath Chronicle)

Warm and realistic illustrations convey the details of a day of gardening. Mum loads two toddlers into the pram and off they set to the garden centre. They buy seeds and plants and even a tree! After staggering home, they have all the fun of digging, sowing, and planting. What a busy day and how delightfully it ends with everyone flopped exhausted on the kitchen floor. (Book Ahead 0-7)

Recommended reading. (Child Care)

A charming book, exploring the gardening exploits of an ordinary family. The pictures are charming, full of detail that offers such rich potential for discussion. (Early Years Educator)

About the Author

SARAH GARLAND is a much-loved author and illustrator who has published more than 50 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. Her books for Frances Lincoln include the favourite preschool Going and Doing series, the bestselling Eddie series and Azzi in Between, which was winner of the first Little Rebels Book Award in 2013 and was also chosen as an IBBY Honour Book and as an Outstanding International Book by USBBY. Sarah and her husband, the artist David Garland, have four children and five grandchildren, and live in Gloucestershire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting these lovely books with my youngest 12 May 2003
I last looked at Sarah Garland's books when my now 12 y.o son was a toddler - now my 18 month old is getting into having stories. What a joy it was to disinter the well thumbed, slightly chewed pile of Sarah Garland books. The family she bases her simple stories around are immediately identifiably real: mother is frazzled; the elder child is bored; the youngest a whirlwind of mischief; and the pets always doing the wrong thing in the wrong place. In a few simple drawings with very sparse text you are right there at the garden centre, struggling to bring the over-large tree home in the battered pram. Very English, very urban and you can be sure that every title ends up with all the children asleep and the mother looking like she could use a gin and tonic.
Great stuff! This one is my youngest's favourite. My elder son liked 'coming to tea' best - but every home should have all of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doing the garden 7 Aug 2010
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Sarah Garland excels in taking ordinary situations and making them seem special. In her books the weather is not always wonderful, mum sometimes looks a little harassed, but this is real life. Children identify with these books and, if the pictures look a little dated, it doesn't really matter. I think they are wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How does your garden grow? 8 Feb 2012
As with the other titles in Sarah Garland's 'Coming and Going' series for toddlers, 'Doing the Garden' depicts a fairly ordinary scene from family life. Spring has come, and Mum has decided that it's time to plant some flowers in the garden, so she and the children head off to the garden shop. Of course, they buy too much and have to struggle home with everything perched in an ancient pram. When they get home, Mum and the children plant things, and then the pets dig them up again! Then it's time for a drink, a snack, and a well-deserved rest.

As a parent, the thing I love most about Sarah Garland's books are the illustrations - we see a mother who isn't always neatly dressed, who often looks tired and needs frequent cups of tea, but she clearly loves her children and they are shown here working together to get things done. The text in the books is fairly undemanding - it really just describes a sequence of events - but the illustrations give plenty to discuss, and my daughter loves describing what's going on in each picture. Buyers may like to note that Dad does not make an appearance in this book, so the tale may not suit single fathers.

If you're looking for a realistic portrayal of a slice of family life to share with your toddler, then this tale comes highly recommended.
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