Growing and harvesting an herb garden can be fun and oh so satisfying—even in the dead of winter.
Winter outside the window,
Garden on the sill.
With a little bit of love and care, a few seeds nestled in pots, and a good windowsill, there’s no better time to make an herb garden with mom than in the dead of winter. Together, a young girl and her mother can grow everything you find in a spring herb garden, from oregano to parsley and baby greens, carefully tending their plants to watch them thrive, all while frigid snow falls just outside the window. The multiple harvests of fresh greens are just what they need to stay warm through the coldest and darkest season. When Spring finally arrives, there’s one thing on the girl’s mind: more seeds!
In Wintergarden, author Janet Fox’s poetic text is accompanied by the dreamy watercolor artwork of acclaimed illustrator Jasu Hu. Additional material at the back of the book includes information on how to grow your own wintergarden, to make sure you and your family can share fresh greens year-round.
Janet Fox is a former children’s teacher and an author of picture, middle grade, and young adult books. She is the author of the award-winning middle-grade non-fiction book Get Organized Without Losing It, The Faithful Forgiven, and The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, as well as its companion book The Artifact Hunters. Janet lives with her husband and son in Montana.
Jasu Hu was born in Hunan, China. She has worked as an illustrator in China for six years while studying Visual Communication at Tsinghua University (Beijing). After finishing her MFA in Illustration at MICA (USA), she moved to New York and started working as a freelance illustrator. She also illustrated All You Need, by Howard Schwartz, which was called "A beautiful, poetic look at what one needs to live a good life." by School Library Journal in a starred review.
★ "Botanical joy grows by leaps and bounds in this radiant picture book."—Booklist, Starred Review
★ "A story of tender care and nature’s contrasts . . . ."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ "Glowing and warm, full of life."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ "Janet Fox's second picture book, Wintergarden
, is a lyrically hopeful story about a young girl who learns nurturing green-thumb lessons from her patient mother. Artist Jasu Hu augments Fox's smooth text with exquisite spreads created with watercolor, pencil, and mixed media, resulting in synchronous perfection."—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review