Friday, April 14, 2017

Flower Garden

FOR THE WEEKEND, share this title with your child. 

Flower Garden is appropriate for children of all ages.

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Flower Garden is a lovely spring title that celebrates the beauty even the tiniest of gardens can bring. Follow this little girl and her soon to be garden as they go from the store, to the bus, to their apartment. Author Eve Bunting's simple rhyming text perfectly accompany the stunning images from illustrator Kathryn Hewitt to create this special garden surprise. 

Practice this Comprehension Strategy-Making Connections:
Flower Garden is a wonderful story for your reader to practice making connections. As you read, ask questions about what experiences they have in common with the little girl in the story. Has your child picked out flowers a garden, do they help with the shopping, do you live in an apartment? Books serve as both windows for readers to catch a glimpse into a life they might not have experienced; but they also serve as mirrors where a reader can see their own story reflected. By making connections to their own life and by reading about a life different from their own, a reader will become more engaged in the story and its outcomes.

Do this with your child:

After you read Flower Garden plant a window garden of your own! You can always find a place to put a happy little garden. You can plant flowers or herbs to use in your kitchen. Check out this article for inspiration.

If you're interested in sharing Flower Garden with your child you can find it from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt here. Please like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter & Instagram for more inspiration.

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