Friday, December 11, 2009

Mystery Vine – A Pumpkin Surprise

Cathryn Falwell

In this rhyming picture book, while this boy and girl help their mother with the garden, they discover a MYSTERY VINE! Choosing to allow the mystery vine to grow, the children and their mother tend the garden … planting seeds, pulling weeds, watering, and preparing the garden for the growing vegetables. It was time to harvest the ripe vegetables; yet, the mystery vine could still not be identified. At the end of the growing season, fall was on the way and the children still did not know what was growing on the mystery vine. The temperature was dropping outside, the old plants were dying, and finally the mystery vine was showing its fruit! The children and their mother enjoyed the harvest of all the vegetables.

Collages and full color art illustrations were warm and supportive for the poetry verses. Included at the end of the book are sections with recipes, gardening ideas, and craft projects. This is a sweet rhyming book for young readers.

BIBLIO: 2009, Greenwillow Book / Harpercollins Children’s Books, Ages 3-7, $16.99
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Rhyming Picture Book / Poetry
ISBN: 978-0-06-177198-9

REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 12/11/09

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