Isabella’s Garden

Glenda Millard, Rebecca Cool

Isabella's Garden
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Isabella’s Garden

Glenda Millard, Rebecca Cool

This is a lyrical picture book which explores the growth and continual change that goes on in Isabella’s garden. Following the well-known structure of The House That Jack Built , this delightful book tells the tale of growth and change in Isabella’s beautiful garden - the flourishing of plants; the coming and going of the animals, insects and seasons - beginning and ending with the seeds that ‘slept in the soil all dark and deep’. Told with great warmth, this is a comforting story about the cycle of life in its many forms. Glenda Millard’s text bursts and blooms with life, and is beautifully complimented by Rebecca Cool’s delightfully colourful and peaceful art. When Glenda Millard found her mother-in-law, Isabelle, whose eyesight was failing, kneeling in the garden to feel whether the daffodil bulbs were coming up, the profound emotional connection she witnessed inspired Glenda to write this uplifting story.


This is the book that cajoles the cadence, that caresses the colour and accents that alliteration to inspire the iridescent Isabella’s Garden. The seasons are sung in perfect poetry and illustrated with intrepid, intense vibrancy that shimmers like gemstones in sunlight.

The allurement of the accumulative, rhythmic verse harmonises perfectly with the rich images resulting in one of the outstanding Australian picture books of 2009.

Ages 2+

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