Friday 5 February 2016

The Incredible Edible Garden

The Incredible Edible Garden by Victoria Breheny, illustrated by Jemma Phillips (Little Steps Publishing)

PB RRP $18.95
ISBN: 9781925117479

Reviewed by Anne Hamilton

Annie’s father is afraid of grass. Fortunate then that they live in an apartment block; unfortunate that Annie’s favourite colour is green, not grey. One day on her way home from school Annie meets Rosemary and is invited into the incredible edible garden.

She is introduced to luscious fruits and vibrant vegetables, taught about the healing power of food and given lessons in making herbal teas. (The yummy ideas made me disappointed there were no recipes in the book!)

When Rosemary’s birthday comes around, even Annie’s dad is persuaded to go, if only to see the ‘overgrown wonderland’ he’s heard so much about. But the spectacular event changes his mind—and he decides he’s no longer afraid of grass. In fact, he wants a rooftop incredible edible garden. 

Simple, colourful illustrations bring this gentle story for preschoolers to green-hued life. An obvious love of gardening pervades every page.

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