By Kevin Henkes
Greenwillow Books, 2010. Unpaged. Picture book.
In this winsome book about a child's ideal garden, a little girl dreams of her perfect garden while helping her mother tend for their personal plot. Her beautiful dream garden is filled with wonderful things that would delight anyone, child or adult. Some of the best aspects of her imagined garden are the chocolate bunnies--a wonderful alternative and much less pesky--sprouting umbrellas, jellybean bushes, and strawberries that glow by night. In a child's daydream, anything is possible.
Henkes' illustrations are simple, playful, and sweet and will inspire curious minds to try and hand at growing their own magical garden (although perhaps they can be persuaded to draw a picture instead). The story is wonderful, especially in its clear simplicity. Altogether, this book is chock-full of charm and a true delight.