My Busy Green Garden

by Terry Pierce and Carol Schwartz

A cumulative text in the style of “The House That Jack Built” describes... read more

A cumulative text in the style of “The House That Jack Built” describes the activity in a “busy green garden” where a “surprise in clever disguise” hangs. Illustrations focus on a single garden, the one constant being a long-stemmed plant with green leaves and hanging yellow flowers. Sometimes the plant is seen up close, sometimes as part of the larger garden-scape. The dramatic, ever- building chain of events includes a variety of flora and fauna, with predators never quite getting their prey. (“This is an earthworm that creeps up and down, / dodging the hummingbird fluttering ’round … ”). The satisfying reveal of the surprise comes with the emergence of a large yellow butterfly from the leaf- like chrysalis that’s been camouflaged on the plant. Informational end matter includes more about the critters that appear. (Ages 3-7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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