Garden in a shopping cart -
Garden on a bus -
Garden going up the stairs -
Can you guess what's next?
In Flower Garden, by Eve Bunting, a little girl goes from bus to store and more to create a window garden for her mother's birthday. What a great idea for a Mother's Day gift!
In this delightful story, a father takes his daughter to the local market where they buy a variety of flowers that he and the little girl take home and turn into a window garden. The two ride the bus to the market then hop back on the bus to go home where they go to work cutting and trimming the flowers, putting the potting soil in pots, getting the flowers all ready to set in their apartment window. The mother is surprised with her beautiful gift and birthday cake.
Flower Garden has beautiful illustrations and wonderful rhythmic prose. It's a shows the love a daughter has for her mother, while also showing the love a man has for his wife and daughter by involving his daughter in getting a gift for his wife's birthday. It is a positive family story without trying to be, all while showing gifts don't have to be grandiose and fancy as long as it comes from the heart, a lesson lost upon a lot of today's children.