by Holly Hobbie


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Look carefully. There may be a gem in your garden.

For nearly four decades, watercolorist Holly Hobbie has drawn inspiration from the wonders of nature. During one especially hard winter, she found herself imagining the story of a determined toad's spring journey. Her vivid depiction of this endearing creature's glorious yet fragile world is a sparkling celebration of survival and renewal. From the muddy brown road outside a farmhouse to the sweet-smelling garden to the cool lily pads in the pond, readers will feel their senses rejuvenated by Holly Hobbie's gemlike, detailed paintings in this nearly wordless work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316203340
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 545,396
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: Up to 3 Years

About the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of eleven highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books as well as Fanny, Fanny and Annabelle, and Everything but the Horse. She has also written an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.

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Gem 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
PitcherBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and factually accurate representation of an adorable little toad's emergence from hibernation and his adventures one spring day until he ends up in the author's garden. Basically a wordless book except for one letter at the very beginning from the grandmother remembering her granddaughter's visit on the day of Toad's spring visit. (which inspired the creation of this book). And one letter at the very end, in which the granddaughter remembers also and thanks her grandmother for the book. A simple page of a few toad facts ends the book. Simply lovely!
melodyreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Only text are the two letters in the book - one to the granddaughter about 'here is the book I wrote' and the other to the grandmother - 'thank you for the book about Gem, the toad.'
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
Yes, this is a gem. This is the endearing, tender tale about a toad's perilous journey to the author artist's garden, where he is found by her little granddaughter who allows him to live free. Except for two letters, the first from grandmother to granddaughter, and the second, the granddaughter's reply , the book is wordless. The charming watercolor paintings of a farm in spring will warm any heart  even in the coldest of winters. Appended are interesting facts about toads.  The author expresses the idea that all life is amazing if one studies it.  A retired children's librarian of many years, I would highly recommend it for four to six-year-olds and anyone who wants a beautiful, heartwarming book.