Isabella's Garden (HB)
This is a lyrical picture book which explores the growth and continual change that goes on in Isabella's garden. Following the well-known structure of "The House That Jack Built", this delightful book tells the tale of growth and change in Isabella's beautiful garden - the flourishing of plants; the coming and going of the animals, insects and seasons - beginning and ending with the seeds that 'slept in the soil all dark and deep'. Told with great warmth, this is a comforting story about the cycle of life in its many forms. Glenda Millard's text bursts and blooms with life, and is beautifully complimented by Rebecca Cool's delightfully colourful and peaceful art. When Glenda Millard found her mother-in-law, Isabelle, whose eyesight was failing, kneeling in the garden to feel whether the daffodil bulbs were coming up, the profound emotional connection she witnessed inspired Glenda to write this uplifting story.
Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award - Booksellers' Choice 2010.
Glenda Millard was born in the Goldfields region of Central Victoria and has lived in the area all her life. It wasn't until Glenda's four children became teenagers that she began to write in her spare time. She has now been writing full-time since 1999 and has published six picture books, three junior fiction titles, short stories and two young adult titles. She lives in Rebecca Cool