A patient Gram and her spirited grandson follow the cycle of the seasons as they savor the shared joy of growing things.
Gram and Joe are great friends, and they love to spend time together, taking care of the vegetable patch-with a little help from nature, of course. But it takes a lot of patience. There’s digging time, planting time, weeding time, watering time, even thinking time. Meanwhile, the seasons change, and Gram does things her way, while Joe does things his way. Come harvest time, they each will find wondrous surprises, thanks to the benevolence of the good brown earth.
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Kathy Henderson has written several award-winning books, most recently THE STORM, which she also illustrated, and THE BABY DANCES. Of AND THE GOOD BROWN EARTH, she says, "Isn’t it amazing what can happen when you just put a seed in the earth? This story just came springing up out of the ground like the plants in our family vegetable plot, and the seed it took was my youngest child showing me how to do things her way." As well as writing and illustrating, Kathy Henderson works as an artist and printmaker. She has a strong interest in music and sound and has written a number of programs for radio. She lives in North London and has three children.From Booklist:
PreS. Henderson, the author of The Baby Dances, a 1999 Booklist Editor's Choice selection, contributes both words and pictures in this lovely, rhythmic celebration of growing things. Throughout the seasons, Gram and little Joe work independently but side-by-side on their gardens, planning, planting, watering, weeding, and waiting. At harvest time, both have grown beautiful vegetables--Gram's in neat rows; Joe's "higgledy-piggledy, tangly, FANTASTIC!" Henderson writes in simple, musical poetry that evokes the delicious, "squashy," "squelching" physicality of garden work, and the mixed-media illustrations of a garden teeming with plants and creatures have a waxy texture that, while sometimes indistinct, nicely extends the awe and mystery in the refrain: "The good brown earth got on with doing what the good brown earth does best." Best, though, is Joe's freedom to discover, follow his instincts, and create something wonderful on his own. Gillian Engberg
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Book Description Candlewick, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0763623016
Book Description Candlewick, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110763623016