Linh's Rooftop Garden (Where in the Garden? #4)

by Janay Brown-Wood (Author) Samara Hardy (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Linh searches for blueberries in her rooftop garden in this vibrant exploration of gardening and healthy eating, from the Where in the Garden? series.

Linh is having a picnic in her rooftop garden for all of her friends, and she needs help searching for blueberries to finish preparing her dishes. What do we know about blueberries? They’re small, blue, and grow on bushes—and, just a second, is that a blueberry? No, that’s a gooseberry. Where, oh, where could those blueberries be? Can you help Linh find them in time for her picnic?

The fourth title in the Where in the Garden? picture book series stars a young Asian girl who tours her rooftop garden with her mom to explore the fruits and vegetables growing there. Playful text guides young readers to hunt for visual clues and compare and contrast the unique characteristics of blueberries against peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and other produce that grows in Linh's rooftop garden.

Artist Samara Hardy brings this multi-layered story to life with vivid, cheerful illustrations created from layers of hand painted ink and watercolor texture. Back matter includes a tasty blueberry and banana pancake recipe for little chefs and their adult helpers to try together.
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Kirkus Reviews

A charming garden-to-table experience.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7--In the fourth "Where In the Garden?" book, Linh goes looking for blueberries for a family brunch party. An inquisitive Asian child, she sorts through what she knows about blueberries and compares those qualities to what she finds on the rooftop garden. Readers learn what is a blueberry and what is not; they learn what is a gooseberry, and what is not, what are the characteristics of a tomato, broccoli, and more. Linh cheerfully scours the garden treats and finally finds blueberries that she happily takes to brunch, which includes friends from the previous books. Linh's journey as she searches is methodical, straightforward, and full of descriptive words for children to try out; the story is compelling and educational as well. The illustrations, with realistic layers of the fruits, allow them to be lifelike, and an author's note includes recipes. VERDICT A solid addition to this series, and wonderful for most children's gardening or botanical shelves.--Annmarie Braithwaite

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Hardy's vibrant use of colors and the textured layers of hand-painted ink and watercolors add an enticing quality to the fresh produce. . . . A charming garden-to-table experience."—Kirkus Reviews

"A solid addition to this series. . . "—School Library Journal

Janay Brown-Wood
JaNay Brown-Wood has always had a passion for writing. She loves coming up with new characters and watching them grow. With the publication of Imani's Moon, she has attained her ambition to become a published children's author. She lives in California.
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Peachtree Publishers
Publication date
September 26, 2023
Where in the Garden?
BISAC categories
JUV029000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | General
JUV009100 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Seasons
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV050000 - Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
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