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Mrs Noah's Garden

Written by Jackie Morris

Illustrated by James Mayhew

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Mrs Noah's Garden Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers Gardening The Natural World World Religions

A wonderful picture book by two highly respected and talented picture book creators

We first met Mrs Noah in Mrs Noah’s Pockets whilst the family were all on the Ark. Now the Ark has made land and whilst Noah makes the Ark into a home, Mrs Noah sets about planting a garden in the fresh new earth. Her always deep pockets furnish all the seeds needed for the job, the ark provides the trees they have nurtured along the way and she enlists the children to help her tend the new garden.

A deceptively simple story –it is in the illustrations that we see the development of the garden as the pictures move from a dark rocky palette, to a more organised series of garden terraces, with colour gradually growing in each spread as we progress through the book – until at last we have a wonderful explosion of plants and animals for all the birds, bees and humans to share.  

A wonderful celebration of the joys of planting and growing, I can see it being used to seed discussions around how you might create a garden – in school or at home.  Plus, as the publisher points out, it provides a positive way of encouraging discussion around migrants and refugees – as Mrs Noah and her family build a new home in a foreign land. 

I can see this becoming a firm favourite in classrooms all over the country. 

Tricia Adams

Mrs Noah's Garden Synopsis

The flood is over - but while Mr Noah builds a house out of the ark, Mrs Noah creates a garden. Luckily her famous pockets contain seeds and she has some help from the children - and the creatures. Midsummer morning brings some very special surprises!

This magical story from the creators of Mrs Noah's Pockets explores new beginnings, care for nature and, above all, home.

Mrs Noah's Garden Press Reviews

Oh the joy when post like this arrives! Look at those colours! -- Jo Bowers, Principle Lecturer: Primary Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University

...permeated with hope and tenderness. Perfect book for now. -- Imogen Russell Williams

An equally engaging follow up to Mrs Noah's Pockets and the perfect companion on the shelf. Jackie Morris and James Mayhew share the magical tale of how Mrs Noah creates a flourishing garden with some help from children and wildlife. A classic story which explores new beginnings, the importance of nature and ultimately being home. -- Picture Book blogger

A mesmerising story of home and new beginnings, Morris' text touches on themes of migration and refugees, while gently encouraging a love of the outdoors and creativity. Mayhew's vibrant, collage-based art conjures a lush celebration of the natural world.  The Bookseller - One to Watch

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ISBN: 9781910959466
Publication date: 21/05/2020
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910959466
Publication date: 21st May 2020
Author: Jackie Morris
Illustrator: James Mayhew
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Gardening, The Natural World, World Religions
Collections: Diverse Voices - 80 Children's Books that Celebrate Difference, 25 books about the outdoors to inspire your green-fingered kids this National Gardening Week and every week,

About Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris lives in Wales, where she writes and paints. She has two children, a small pack of dogs and a small pride of cats. She exhibits her paintings in galleries nationwide. Her internationally bestselling picture books for Frances Lincoln are Ted Hughes’ How the Whale Became; Mariana and the Merchild; The Snow Leopard; Can You See a Little Bear?; The Snow Whale; Lord of the Forest;  as well as those she has both written and illustrated, The Seal Children; The Time of the Lion; Little One We Knew You’d Come; Tell Me a Dragon; The ...

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