Batchelder Honor recipient Sonja Danowski has created a new story reminding us that love, patience, and a sense of humor help any garden to flower.
What a fuss! Linn’s grandfather broke his leg. Fortunately, his granddaughter Linn offers to take care of his spectacular garden. After all, Linn has helped out in the garden many times and knows a lot about plants. With Linn’s dog, Flori, and her good friend, Emi, by her side what could go wrong? But when mischievous Flori causes a mess, Linn has to learn to deal with a difficult situation. Taking responsibility for the first time is a big step. Together with Linn, we experience pride in the trust placed in us as well as self-doubts along the way. Sonja Danowski's lovingly detailed illustrations appear almost lifelike and unfold with incomparable magic.
SONJA DANOWSKI works as a storybook artist in Berlin, Germany. She has received several internationally renowned prizes for her richly detailed work, and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her books for NorthSouth include Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village (Batchelder Honor Book), Smon, Smon and Little Night Cat. In the Garden with Flori is her fourth book for NorthSouth Books and is dedicated to all those who love nature.
Batchelder Honor recipient Danowski’s full-bleed pages done in watercolors employ a palette rich with earth tones of oranges, browns, and greens, while Linn’s clothing and home mirror the intricate designs of nature in all its complexity. Millefleur endpapers start and finish this nature-filled story of the joy of intergenerational collaboration.