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In The Garden Reviews

In The Garden by Emma Giuliani

In the Garden

Emma Giuliani

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Princeton Architectural Press
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 7 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781616898939
4 stars out of 5
Alex Preston
10 Apr 2021

"warmth, intelligence and beauty are testimony to the restorative power of gardening"

The essays all seem to engage, either directly or obscurely, with the pandemic, but none so powerfully as the piece by Kerri ni Dochartaigh, which is a diary of her lockdown summer, starting with the cruellest month, April, and building into a glorious celebration of the power of seed-sowing, of sharing, of looking through the seasons to a brighter future: ‘I wish I’d known, long before now, that sowing is an act of trust.’

Reviews

5 stars out of 5

"it creates a consolatory sense of space for those with limited access to the outside world"

In the Garden (Princeton), a gorgeous oversized picture-book from Emma Giuliani, features two silhouetted siblings, Plum and Robin, as they enjoy a year of tending their patch. Under beautifully designed flaps lies information about fruit, flowers and foliage. Full of rich words (peduncle, pericarp) and the sensuous pleasures of a warm breeze, sweet smells and the enjoyment of growing things, it creates a consolatory sense of space for those with limited access to the outside world.