My Busy Green Garden
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz.
Tilbury House, 2017.
A lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees and birds that make the garden such a busy place. With each page turn, more visitors appear, and all the while the “surprise”—a chrysalis—changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away.
School Library Journal: “The text is repetitive with strong rhyme and an abundant dance of action verbs, well-suited to the portrayal of the bustling garden… The visuals provide depth to the simple text, with vibrant colors and rich details…
Verdict: An engaging read-aloud for young children and new readers, with a lot to discover among the diversity of both the flora and fauna shown in the illustrations.”
The Midwest Book Review: “My Busy Green Garden is a rhyming children’s picturebook about the bustle of insect and natural life in a lush green garden. Charming illustrations perfectly complement the singsong rhyme, and a final page of fascinating animal facts round out this delightful storybook. My Busy Green Garden is just plain fun to read aloud, and highly recommended.”
CCBC 2018 Best of the Year List: CCBC Choices is a best-of-the-year list created annually by the librarians of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and published by the Friends of the CCBC, Inc.