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 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.

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.


The Book Chook has a new favourite picture book. Isabella’s Garden has pushed its way into my heart and mind with beautiful, poetic writing, and eye-popping illustrations.

The Book Chook

Rebecca Cool’s superb, folksy illustrations are a riot of colour and beauty, deliciously housing Millard’s text and offering kids the perfect visual casing to this gorgeous book…

Kids' Book Review


Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, 5-8 Years
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Children’s Literature Award
CBCA Book of the Year Awards, CBCA Award for New Illustrators
Queensland Premer’s Literary Awards, Children’s Book Award
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