Friday, February 11, 2011

The Imaginary Garden

The Imaginary Garden, written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, is a very fun, imaginative book.  Theo and her "Poppa" love to garden together.  But her Poppa has moved to an apartment building and no longer has a place to garden.  Theo suggests that they create an imaginary garden.  Out on the patio they don their gardener's hats and begin painting on a large white canvas.  Everytime Theo visits they work together to create their garden.  When Theo's grandpa has to leave town he tells her to make sure and finish the garden while he is gone.  Theo works hard to create a garden with some of her Poppa's favorite flowers. 

This is a book sure to be a favorite for a budding young artist.  It shows the painting as it grows from a stroke on the canvas to becoming a picture.  It shows a bird created first with a dot - then adding wings, beak and feet - until it is complete.  This is a very fun book where a child's imagination takes center stage.  

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