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In a friendly and diversely populated area, the neighbors are out working in their gardens. A preschooler and her mother turn the soil with big shovels, water with a hose and make labels for the various vegetables in Chinese. As time progresses, the little girl notices that all the gardens, except hers, are planted with sweet-smelling flowers. Now her questions change from the earlier "Why don't we use a trowel, a sprinkling can and seed packages for tags?" to "Why isn't our garden beautiful?" Her feeling is that the vegetables are ugly. Yet when her mother cooks them, the aroma delights the child and the neighbors too. With unusual shades of green, banana, tangerine and pink, Ms. Lin fills the pages with a joyful story that children ages 3 to 5 will ask for again to witness the surprise of the next year's gardens.
— Nancy McCray