THE ART GARDEN
Sowing the seeds of creativity
By Penny Harrison
Illustrated by Penelope Pratley
Published by EK Books for Kids
Sadie wants to be a painter, just like her best friend, Tom. She loves playing with colour and finding shapes in unlikely places. But whenever Sadie picks up a paintbrush she makes a big mess. It’s not until Sadie takes a look at things from a different perspective that she makes a big discovery about herself and her own creativity.
Reasons we love this book:
1/ It celebrates the importance of individuality and self-acceptance.
Tom is a great painter and Sadie is itching to be an artist… however, it shows that the paintbrush isn’t for her, and instead she finds ways of making beautiful art within a garden.
2/ It highlights a free and beautiful childhood and looks at a magical friendship.
I love that this book takes us on the journey of magical things friends do together… I remember having this sort of childhood and it was truly wonderful!! I looked for yabbies instead of tadpoles and my friends and I had the best time exploring together. I like that this book touches on this freedom within friendships and childhood.
3/ It encourages children to explore different ways of expressing themselves!
Not everyone is good at the same thing! This book really shows that we are all good at something - maybe we just have to search a little to find what it is!
Gorgeous! It’s written with a touch of whimsy and the illustrations are colourful and just precious.
What a wonderful book! A really nice birthday gift for any child aged 3.5 - 4 years old and up!