Gr 2-6-As she did for animals in Earthmates (Marshall Cavendish, 2000), Hubbell describes, discovers, and celebrates the garden in this collection. In rhymed and metered or free verse, she often catches the unusual observation that will reach readers: "Peeling/this apple,/I feel summer/curl away./-Scarlet sunsets/fluttering poppies/red sails on white foam." Some of the poems have even more straightforward images, giving readers clues to how they might look at their own gardens: "Beneath the moon/My cabbage grow,/ Twenty moons/In every row./Twenty sunflowers/Close their eyes,/Waiting for the/Sun to rise." Not every selection stands out, however, and the frequent use of personification wears thin quickly. The imaginative watercolors brighten the pages with representative illustrations of the poems, often echoing their personification. The book has an overall contemplative mood that will not leap out to readers. For larger collections, to meet teachers' requests for the subject, or for fans of Valerie Worth, this might make a nice addition, but it probably won't find readers on its own.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.