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. Volume XXII Number 16. . . .December 18, 2015
In Timo’s Garden, Timo enjoys the idea of taking part in the Great, Green Garden Tour, but then he discovers the pressure involved in preparing his garden for viewing. With only a week until the tour, Timo focuses on his garden to the exclusion of activities with his friends. In the end, Timo realizes that the work isn’t as enjoyable with the pressure of a deadline, and so he chooses to take a break and invites his friends to picnic in his lovely garden.
My five-year old daughter enjoyed this book, not only for the cute story and detailed illustrations, but also because it is a chapter book (with seven chapters) accompanied by many images. Reading books like these hold her attention as there is a lot to look at while hearing the story.
Also noteworthy is that Timo, in his reflection on his garden, lists and describes many different types of plants and flowers. This detail could lead to informative discussions with children about different types of flora. Additionally, Timo’s friends are all familiar creatures (a hedgehog, a squirrel, a frog, for example), and each is personified with different personality traits and interests.
Karyn Miehl, a mother of two and a secondary school English teacher, lives in Kingsville, ON.
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