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Doing the Garden (Going ...) Hardcover – 15 Oct 2007
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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)
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. Whether they are gardening, swimming, picnicking or going to playschool, doing the washing, the shopping, enjoying Christmas or a tea party, Mum, daughter, baby and dog are always rushing around, getting things done and having lots of fun. "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.See all Product description
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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.
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!