In Our Backyard Garden

By Eileen Spinelli; Marcy Dunn Ramsey (Illustrator)
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689826665)

Publication Date: March 2004

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In this backyard garden,

each memory is harvested

like a giant orange pumpkin,

each hardship is weathered

like a sudden winter snowfall,

each relative is nurtured

like a fresh fragile sapling,

and love blossoms like flowers

all year round.

The acclaimed, best-selling author of "Sophie's Masterpiece, When Mama Comes Home Tonight," and "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" invites young readers to step out the back door and into a family garden where plants aren't the only things growing.

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