Lola Plants a Garden
Lola Plants a Garden
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Series: Lola Reads   

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Annotation: How does your garden grow? Book-loving Lola is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mommy. S... more
Catalog Number: #5894035
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Beardshaw, Rosalind,
Pages: 28
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-580-89695-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-580-89695-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013022072
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Lola wants a flower garden just like the one described in her favorite nursery rhyme, which begins "Mary, Mary, quite contrary." With help from Mommy and Daddy, she plants seeds and waits for them to grow. Meanwhile, she makes three things: a book about flowers, a string of silver bells, and a little Mary Mary doll. The flowers grow and bloom, but the fun is just beginning. After making cupcakes with Mommy, Lola invites three friends to enjoy the garden, which now includes the shiny bells, little Mary Mary, and refreshments. First published in England, the simple story reads aloud well, while the acrylic paintings use warm colors and rounded forms to depict this engaging black child and her supportive parents. The many young children who love the other picture books in the Lola series, such as Lola Loves Stories (2010) and Lola Reads to Leo (2012), will enjoy watching Lola turn her poetry-inspired interest into an imaginative, child-sized adventure. A rewarding picture book to read and reread.
Horn Book
Book-loving Lola (Lola at the Library) wants to plant a garden. Naturally, she and her mom go to the library to research flowers before planting the seeds. When the flowers are finally blooming, Lola invites her friends to enjoy their beauty as well as her mom's homegrown strawberries. Good-natured Lola's latest story, with its gentle art and appropriately simple text, will appeal to her fans.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Lola loves her book of garden poems. In fact, reading it inspires her to plant her own garden, so she and her mother look at flowers in books at the library, and she chooses her favorites. They purchase seeds, and Lola plants them and marks the rows with the seed packets. While she waits for something to appear, she makes her own garden book and includes her favorite poem, "Mary Mary." Finally, Lola sees tiny green shoots. She watches as her flowers grow higher and higher. Flowers are everywhere. Lola invites her friends for a picnic, because the best part of having a garden is sharing it. This fourth, sweet story about Lola delivers with brightly colored acrylic depictions of an adorable child sharing special moments with her mother, reading books, and patiently waiting for her seeds to grow. Lola's bright, cherubic face shows curiosity, joy, and determination as she completes her project. Large, clear type allows for beginning readers to share the story with their parents. Engaging and inspiring to new gardeners everywhere, Lola is a delight. Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
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Word Count: 230
Reading Level: 1.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 169210 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD470L
Guided Reading Level: I
Fountas & Pinnell: I
Lola loves her book of garden poems.
Her favorite poem is the one about Mary Mary.
Lola wants to plant a garden. Mommy says there is room near the vegetables.
Lola gets books about gardens from the library.
She chooses her favorite flowers from the book.

Excerpted from Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
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How does your garden grow? Book-loving Lola is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mommy. She wants to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers, so she and Mommy go to the library to check out books about gardening. They choose their flowers and buy their seeds. They dig and plant. And then they wait. Lola finds it hard to wait for her flowers to grow, but she spends the time creating her own flower book. Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes and punch and a story amongst the flowers.

Lola is a beloved character that continues to shine for young readers. Her curiosity and love of books is infectious. Parents and children love sharing Lola's stories.

Rosalind Beardshaw's beautiful illustrations highlight Lola's close-knit family and how they use stories and books to interact with their world. Lola's brightly colored and growing garden is the perfect surrounding for this bright little girl.

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