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Holly Bloom's Garden
Holly Bloom's Garden

Holly Bloom's Garden

By Sarah Ashman, By Nancy Parent, Illustrated by Lori Mitchell



32 Pages, 11 x 8 1/2

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF, Paperback Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: April 2004

ISBN 9780972922500

Rights: WOR

Flashlight Press (Apr 2004)

Price: $15.95


The luminous garden scenes and playful language in this tale of late-blooming self-discovery tell the story of Holly Bloom, a girl who wants nothing more than to be a great gardener, but simply doesn#&8217;t seem to have the knack. Despite suggestions and support from her green-thumbed mom and siblings, Holly just can't get her garden to bloom. She waters and fertilizes and uses all the right gardening tools, but her daffodils don't grow and her daisies keep drooping. Armed with a positive attitude and unwavering perseverance, Holly finally realizes that she does not need to grow flowers with soil and seeds to be a success. Inspired by her artistic father, she taps into her natural creative abilities and surprises everyone by growing her own unique garden#&8212;from paper, paste, pipe cleaners, and paint!


"Pleasing to the ear, eye, and mind."  —Children's Literature

"Holly has realized there are many ways to be creative, and sometimes you just have to find your own way."  —OC Family Magazine

"Sweet and well told."  —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

"An absolutely glorious picture book."  —

"Luminous garden scenes and playful language."  —website of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library

"Creative, original, fun, Holly Bloom#&39;s Garden by the team of authors Sarah Ashman and Nancy Parent and artist/illustrator Lori Mitchell is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections." —James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Review

Author Biography

Sarah Ashman is an editor and talent representative specializing in comics and humor. She was the vice president and director of comic arts for United Feature Syndicate/Newspaper Enterprise Association, where she successfully acquired and developed Scott Adams's Dilbert. She lives in Tarrytown, New York. Nancy Parent has written and developed several lines of books as well as extensive collateral materials for The Walt Disney Publishing Group. She is the author of more than 75 children's books, including Oh Bother! It's the Easter Bunny, a Publishers Weekly children's bestseller. She was the script supervisor and production coordinator on Disney's The Little Mermaid and The Prince and the Pauper and the senior editor of Disney's Mouse Works imprint. She lives in Pasadena, California. Lori Mitchell is an award-winning author and illustrator whose first children's book, Different Just Like Me, was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Today and was an American Booksellers Association Kids Pick of the Lists 1999. She lives in San Diego, California.