by Steve Bjorkman.
Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
a great friendship with Bill, the artist who lives next door. Most days
Warrant goes over to work in the garden or simply to visit during Bill’s
mid-morning break. But one day everything changes. Warren’s family
moves away. Distance ends their daily talks, but the times they shared
continue to affect their lives and surprising new things begin to grow
including a new garden and book.
simple, adroitly crafted story is agreeably extended in Bjorkman’s
sun-dappled watercolors…A delightfully fresh variant of the best-friend-moves-away
happy, warm book, good for story time or one-on-one sharing, will satisfy
demands for intergenerational, interracial, gardening, moving, and friendship
stories.” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
merely green, this gentle story centered on frienship and a garden displays
all the hues of true friendship: trust, kindness, appreciation, humor,
and affection. Both boys and girls will like these characters and their
enduring and singular friendship.” THE FIVE OWLS
interracial element of the story is evident only through Bjorkman’s
pictures; the story’s intergenerational component, however, is
rendered in both the affectionate telling and the playful water-color-and-ink-line
artwork. With splashes of bright Easter colors adding a cheerful note,
this is a warm, satisfying story about a different kind of friendship,
about loss, and about new beginnings.” BOOK LIST