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Holly Bloom's Garden


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Sarah Ashman is an editor and talent representative specialising in comics and humour. She was the vice president and director of comic arts for United Feature Syndicate/Newspaper Enterprise Association, where she successfully acquired and developed Scott Adams's Dilbert. She lives in Tarrytown, New York. Nancy Parent has written and developed several lines of books as well as extensive collateral materials for The Walt Disney Publishing Group. She is the author of more than 75 children's books. She lives in San Diego, California.


PreS-Gr 2-Holly Bloom is called "Sweetpea" by her mom and "Ladybug" by her dad. She longs to grow flowers like those of her mother, Iris, and siblings, Rosie and Bud, but she doesn't seem to have the knack. Everything she plants either wilts or droops. Finally, in a burst of inspiration, she creates a glorious garden out of tissue paper, crepe paper, and pipe cleaners that is "guaranteed to last forever." This is a satisfying resolution to a story of perseverance and self-discovery. However, the writing style is a bit precious, and the characters' overly cute names detract from the tale's merit. Lush, detailed drawings in pencil and acrylics fill the pages with sunny cheer.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"A satisfying resolution to a story of perseverance and self-discovery." -- School Library Journal"

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