In My Garden (Hardcover)

By Charlotte Zolotow, Philip C. Stead (Illustrator)

Neal Porter Books, 9780823443208, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

List Price: 18.99*
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A little girl and her older friend poetically describe the garden as it changes through the seasons.

This quiet, intergenerational story pays homage to experiencing nature as a child and as an adult. The two friends watch the birds, fly a kite, plant flowers and play in the snow.

Two picture book giants, author/editor Charlotte Zolotow and author/illustrator Philip C. Stead collaborate across generations in this elegant retooling of Ms. Zolotow's In My Garden, originally published in 1960, complete with delicate, colorful illustrations.

About the Author

Famed Charlotte Zolotow (1915-2013) authored over seventy picture books, including Over And Over, illustrated by Garth Williams, and Mr. Rabbit And The Lovely Present, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. She was an editor, and later publisher at Harper & Row, and her own books were published by over twenty houses.

Philip C. Stead is the author of Caldecott medal A Sick Day For Amos Mcgee, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. He has written and illustrated many picture books including Hello, My Name is Ruby, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, All The Animals where I Live and Vernon is on His Way and A Home For Bird, which was on the Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Hornbook Fanfare lists for best Children's books of 2012. Stead lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Praise For In My Garden

★ "A picture-book update that does Zolotow's legacy proud. Stead has carved out a spot in contemporary picture books after years of study of the form. He says as much in his dedication to the late author and editor Zolotow, noting that he began collecting picture books, including hers, as a teenager. His stunning artistic interpretation of this text (first published in 1960) is a triumph in how it matches the writing's quiet tone without sacrificing visual interest. . . . A picture book to love best in all seasons. —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"In loose, pale washes and warm, organic lines, Stead renders a garden that isn’t particularly elegant or manicured—there’s a stone wall, a tree with a swing, an abandoned car and tire planters, a pond to skate on. Small creatures come and go. It’s an intergenerational look at companionable contentment derived from the simplest things, anchored in the natural world."—Publishers Weekly