In the Garden

by Elizabeth Spurr
Illustrated by Manelle Oliphant
Category: Themes:
Simple and evocative language and charming illustrations describe a boy’s experience in the garden.
Price: $6.99
  • ISBN: 9781561455812
  • Publication date: 05/01/2012
  • Page Count: 22
  • Size: 5-7/8" x 6-1/2"
  • Age Range: 2-6


Simple and evocative language and charming illustrations describe a boy’s experience in the garden.

In this gently rhyming board book, a young boy creates a garden, one small action at a time. First he digs in the dirt and plants seeds, then he adds soil, water, and some patience. With time, the seeds grow and the boy excitedly discovers what he has helped to make.

Elizabeth Spurr and Manelle Oliphant together create a perfect sit-in-your-lap reading experience for toddlers.


Elizabeth Spurr


Elizabeth Spurr holds a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. A former newspaper editor, she is the author of a number of children’s books.

Manelle Oliphant


Manelle Oliphant is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho and an artist and illustrator. She lives in Utah.


“Delicately illustrated…Oliphant’s illustrations express the passage of time through changes in light…while Spurr’s careful descriptions capture the slow but gratifying process of planting and harvesting.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Subtle, understated spreads complement the powerfully quiet text. The soft lines move just enough to create gentle energy within each frame… With a little water and tender loving care, it’s a pleasure to watch this garden grow.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“With many close-ups and a realistic feel, this has potential to both introduce an understanding of how things grow and be a useful easy reader.” ―Booklist

“Perfect for preschoolers and toddlers, this appealing story shows a boy going through the steps of planting a garden and watching it grow. Using spare, simple language and a gentle sparse verse story, the beautiful process of making and tending a garden is explored.” ―Midwest Book Review


Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award —Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, 2012

More Details

Lexile: AD60L
Themes: Garden, Rhyme
BISAC 1: JUV051000 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
BISAC 2: JUV029000 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General