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Isabella's Garden

By Glenda Millard
Illustrated by Rebecca Cool

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, Isabella’s Garden tells the tale of growth and seasonal change, beginning and ending with ‘the seeds that slept in the soil all dark and deep’ and how they bloom and florish and ultimately lead to new growth. 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
  • Glenda was inspired to write the story after an incident involving her mother-in-law, Isabelle. Isabelle was once a keen gardener but her eyesight was failing, and Glenda found her one day kneeling in the garden trying to feel if the daffodil bulbs were coming up. This greatly upset them both, and Glenda stared thinking about all the cuttings and potted plants Isabelle had grown and given away to other people. She remembered that the roses growing in her garden had been given the names of some of her loved ones who had passed away. She decided to write a story about a garden and the comfort that is had by understanding the cycle of life in its many forms

About the author

Glenda Millard was born in the Goldfields region of Central Victoria and has lived in the area all her life. Glenda worked in various office jobs and it wasn’t until Glenda's four children became teenagers that she began to write in her spare time. She has been writing full-time since 1999 and has published six picture books, three junior fiction titles, short stories and two young adult titles.

About the illustrator

Born in Western Australia, Rebecca Cool recently moved to a rural property on the Margaret River with her husband Ross. Rebecca has studied at the Claremont School of Fine Art and has had her work shown at a number of exhibitions. Rebecca's work features a combination of oil pastels and fabric collage, and her strong, colourful works have a naïve 'folk art' charm. The people she paints also all feature the same instantly recognizable ‘trademark’ face.

ISBN: 9781921150333
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Dimensions: 270 x 245mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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