Polly Pansy grabbed my attention on the first page of The Flower Patch Pals by Gayle Plummer. Sheila Young’s illustrations are really wonderful in this children’s book published by North Country Press. Sheila is Gayle’ sister.
Gayle wrote the book to inspire young gardeners, and it will certainly do that. I’ve already shared it with my 4-year-old granddaughter who loves to garden. She was here on a recent weekend, and the first thing she did was race out to Nana’s vegetable garden to pull up a carrot which she carried into the house and ate immediately.
In each of the book’s 6 stories, a flowering plant is featured. The conversations of the plants are often hilarious. In addition to Polly Pansy, you will hear from Benny Bachelor Button, Rita Rose, Hollis Hollyhock, Zelda Zinnia, and Willey Woolly Thyme.
Willy Woolly was my favorite. He sprawls out all over the flower patch, irritating some of the other flowers. But eventually, they all realize his sprawling has been very good for the garden.
At the end of the book, Gayle offers some fun projects including planting your own flower patch. I’m sure that is now on my granddaughter’s to-do list!