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A Review of Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by: Edith Pattou

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Children love books that have a teacher as the main character. This teacher, Mrs. Spitzer, has an engaging classroom as well as a spectacular garden. This book uses beautiful illustrations to show the metaphors contained in the story. Each plant is a description of a type of student. "Some plants grow quickly, eager and impatient." "Some are bold and showy." "Some need gentle care and watching-over." Because of the non-literal nature of this book, it is better suited for 5-7 year olds. The pictures and story provide plenty of opportunities for rich discussion. I especially like that it addresses the topic of individuality. It would be perfect for a teacher to read to her class at the start of the new school year, as well as being read at home.


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