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Library : Book Reviews > Mrs. Spitzer's Garden

Mrs. Spitzerís Garden

By Edith Pattou
Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Published by: Harcourt

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     Are you looking for a gift for your childís preschool to grade three teacher, or for your daycare provider, if so this is the book for you!
     Edith Pattou, the author of this amazing book, tells us the story about a very special teacher. The story starts by showing us a typically normal preschool classro
om, and a pretty normal teacher named Mrs. Spitzer. Mrs Spitzer is given a package of seeds from the principal, at which point she checks and plans her calendar. She then makes sure she has the right tools for the job, and more importantly, the right soil, or base, to plant her seeds. She takes care of the seeds by watering them, feeding them, and making sure they have plenty of bright sunshine. Slowly the seeds begin to grow, as Mrs Spitzer keeps a close eye on them, checking for weeds and pests. 
     Mrs. Spitzer realizes that each flower, like each child, is different   and needs different things to grow and develop to their full potential. Some plants, like children, will grow anywhere you put them, but some need special care and extra attention. As the year goes on and the seasons change Mrs. Spitzer tends to her seedlings, and watches as they grow and bloom, into beautiful little flowers. When the school year is over, and Mrs Spitzerís job is done, she puts away her calendar and her tools until the following year, when the principal gives her another package of seeds. What will become of this years seeds, you may wonder. Well, they continue to grow and spread their leaves, all because Mrs. Spitzer took the time and care to nurture their every need when the seeds were young.
     Beautifully illustrated by Tricia Tusa, in ink and watercolor, this book holds a special meaning behind its soft story line. Sure to be treasured by your childís teacher, and a wonderful story to share with friends, I recommend this book for ages 2-8.

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