What the Garden Tells Me (Hardcover)

What the Garden Tells Me By Monica Mikai, Monica Mikai (Illustrator) Cover Image

What the Garden Tells Me (Hardcover)

By Monica Mikai, Monica Mikai (Illustrator)


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There’s nothing like stepping into a garden and connecting with nature, and readers will revel in the pages of this beautiful picture book that celebrates these wondrous and inspiring places!

Gardens are glorious places blossoming with joy, wonder, and wisdom too. Whether it’s greeting the possibilities of each sunrise with the daylilies or appreciating what makes us as unique as the polkadot plant; whether it’s contemplating life’s thorns with the roses or standing as tall as a sunflower, spending time in nature can give us new ways of seeing. This flora-filled ode will inspire readers to observe the plants around them and appreciate the things that make each one—and each of us—special.
Monica Mikai (MonicaMikai.com) has illustrated numerous picture books, including Build a House (by Rhiannon Giddens), My Name Is a Story (by Ashanti), The Proudest Color (by Sheila Modir and Jeffrey Kashou), You Are Getting Sleepy (by Lori Alexander), and Stacey Abrams: Lift Every Voice (by Sarah Warren). What the Garden Tells Me is her debut as author-illustrator. She has a BA in art and elementary education from Rider University and an MFA in painting from the New York Studio School. When Monica isn’t working, you can find her outdoors enjoying nature with her husband and two sons.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593531181
ISBN-10: 0593531183
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English
“An urban garden serves as a teacher and guide to a Black child. A golden gate in the young narrator’s city leads to a beautiful garden. It’s a place full of ‘wonder and wisdom,’ where each flower is a teacher. . . . Mikai’s attractive digital illustrations pair well with her soulful prose. The cityscape is depicted in muted purples and blues, allowing the vibrant flowers to truly pop. Urban dwellers may well be inspired to seek nature in their own backyards. In an author’s note, Mikai discusses the rewards of slowing down and seeking solace in nature; she encourages readers to learn more about flowers. A lovely book that speaks volumes.” —Kirkus Reviews