The Art Garden
The Art Garden
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Annotation: Sadie wants to be a painter, just like her best friend, Tom. She loves playing with color and finding shapes in unlikely places. But whenever Sadie picks up a paintbrush she makes a big mess.
Catalog Number: #158208
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: EK Books--Quarto
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-925335-59-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-925335-59-0
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 26 x 27 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Sadie's frustration in trying to paint pictures leads her to recognize other means of artistic expression."More than anything, Sadie wanted to be an artist." This initial, black-inked statement is set against a white background. Sadie's hands are busy repotting seedlings, while a pastel thought bubble shows Sadie imagining herself creating art on paper. On the next few pages, she is shown painting with a paintbrush, creating desserts, and studying plants outside with a magnifying glass. The text notes that, among other painterly qualities, Sadie "loved playing with colour." Enter Tom, about 10, Sadie's best friend, whose painted artwork makes Sadie's heart smile. Sadie's admiration of Tom's paintings makes her further determined to be an artist. After several failed attempts at painting—including such juicy terms as "splattered and splodged" and a physical mishap that adds some humor—Sadie has her epiphany. The appealing watercolors are extremely skilled, depicting both children with pale skin and including a charming guinea pig, often in Sadie's arms. The children's friendship is nicely described. However, the apparent message of the story—abandoning something that exhibits any incompetence and finding one's true creative outlet—is an odd one in a text written for an age group encouraged to explore and practice.Pretty and sweet—but the point? (Picture book. 4-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 1-4

Sadie wants to be an artist more than anything. She loves playing with color and finding shapes in unlikely places. But whenever Sadie picks up a paintbrush, she makes a big mess. How will she express her creativity if she can’t even paint a flower?

Full of beautiful watercolor illustrations and vibrant depictions of nature, The Art Garden is an encouraging story about friendship, the joy of gardening, and finding your own way of being creative. Join Sadie and her best friend Tom as they explore the garden, bake cakes, chase tadpoles and play. Young readers will delight in the bright colors and imaginative antics of the two budding artists.

Sadie explores her creativity throughout the book, and one day when she suddenly looks at things from a different perspective, she makes a big discovery! Maybe being an artist doesn’t have to mean being a painter like Tom – maybe she can create a work of art using a talent she already has…

This whimsical, inspiring story is the perfect way to encourage little ones to find their own creative flair. Both a celebration of nature and of the variety of art, it encourages children to explore different ways of expressing themselves and highlights the importance of individuality and self-acceptance.

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