Timo's Garden

illus. by Dean Griffiths. 48p. Pajama Pr. Feb. 2016. Tr $10.95. ISBN 9781927485842.
Gr 1–4—When the Great, Green Garden Tour is announced in Timo's village, his friends suggest that he enter his own garden. The young rabbit begins making preparations by weeding and tidying but is concerned that he won't be finished in a week. Firm on his commitment to the garden tour, Timo skips a trip to the lake, a tennis match, and other excursions with his friends. As the big day grows closer, Timo's anxiety builds and he no longer enjoys the company of his irises and gentians. Unpredictable forces arise, and the green-thumbed rabbit's friends come to his rescue. This lovely early chapter book presents the theme of friendship while also tackling life's challenges in a comfortable manner. Griffiths's detailed, full-color renditions of the animal characters bring life to the residents of Toadstool Corners. The finely illustrated "Glossary of Flowers" on the final pages is an ideal introduction for budding horticulturists.
VERDICT A charming addition to early chapter book collections.

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