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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Apr 3, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
24 Reviews
Look carefully. There may be a gem in your garden.
For nearly four decades, watercolorist Holly Hobbie has drawn inspiration from the wonders of nature. During one especially hard winter, she found herself imagining the story of a determined toad's spring journey. Her vivid depiction of this endearing creature's glorious yet fragile world is a sparkling celebration of survival and renewal. From the muddy brown road outside a farmhouse to the sweet-smelling garden to the cool lily pads in the pond, readers will feel their senses rejuvenated by Holly Hobbie's gemlike, detailed paintings in this nearly wordless work.

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The illustrations are fantastic. - Goodreads
Holly's expressive artwork speaks for itself. - Goodreads
As usual the artwork of Holly Hobbie is breathtaking. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

One of my new favorites. Beautiful illustrations that will encourage imagination and lead to outdoor excursions. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristine Pratt - Goodreads

Words not necessary (but I enjoyed the letters at the beginning and end of the book) to tell the story of a toad. As usual the artwork of Holly Hobbie is breathtaking. This is a book I'd love to have sat down with my kids over, and asked them to tell me what they thought the story was about. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of eleven highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books as well as Fanny, Fanny and Annabelle, and Everything but the Horse. She has also written an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.

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