A Gardener's Alphabet

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Revealing the variety of life underground, the bright comfort of a greenhouse on a winter's day, or the anticipation of starting seeds indoors in early spring, this striking alphabet book celebrates the simple joys of gardening. Without neglecting the frustrations -- the nibbling critters and the toil -- or wry, humorous moments spent in the garden. Mary Azarian's spare words and lovely woodcuts capture the essence of turning a bare plot of ground into fragrant flowers and lush vegetables and trees. Her depictions of insects, manure, and compost piles are as delightful as her fountains, pumpkins, and Queen Anne's lace. Whether we are young or old, our gardens both exhaust and renew us. They are our source of magic and wonder and perhaps our best way to live closer to the land and to the rhythm of the seasons.
 

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wonderful illustrations - Goodreads
The pictures were great to look at. - LibraryThing
Great illustrations! - LibraryThing
Has awesome illustrations. - LibraryThing
The illustrations are beautiful and very colorful. - Goodreads
All of the words and pictures relate to gardening. - Goodreads

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User Review  - amartino1208 - LibraryThing

This book teaches children about things they would find in a garden by incorporating the alphabet. For every letter of the alphabet, children learn about a different aspect of the gardening experience ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

One word alphabet describes exactly what you need for a lovely garden. Beautiful illustrations! Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision. Mary Azarian received the 1999 Caldecott Medal for SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She lives, skis, and gardens in Vermont.

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