Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever By Ruth Spiro Illustrated By Holly Hatam

Back of Book:
After sketching and plotting and planting, Maxine and Leo know they’ve made The Greatest Garden Ever! But they’re not the only ones who think so. Soon, all sorts of animals make their way in, munching on carrots and knocking over pots. When Leo and Maxine can’t agree on a way to deter these unwelcome critters, it looks like there’s more on the line than saving their garden–they just might need to save their friendship too.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Spring is on its way and I am looking forward to planting a garden and watching things grow. “Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever” by Ruth Spiro is a fun springtime read that follows two friends as they create a garden. Maxine and Leo love to create and design things. One day Maxine, Milton (the goldfish), and their friend, Leo, decide to create the “Greatest Garden Ever!” The only problem is, that all the animals think that the garden is for them. Maxine and Leo use problem-solving skills to create solutions to stop the critters from ruining their garden. When their plans continue to fail, it will take perseverance to strengthen their animal deterrent as well as their own friendship. The illustrations by Holly Hatam are filled with bright colors and details! Readers will love looking for Milton the goldfish throughout the story. This is a multi-layered book that focuses on the topics of STEM strategies, growth mindset, friendship, and more. This is a terrific story for the classroom or at home.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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