Review: My Busy Green Garden


“This is my busy green garden.” So begins this lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees, and birds that make the garden such a busy place. With each turned page, more visitors appear, and all the while the “surprise”—a chrysalis—changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away across the garden’s well-tended borders. Back-of-book notes about the natural histories of the garden’s denizens complete this lovely and lively portrait of backyard nature, which is also a gentle meditation on the rewards of paying attention. A chipmunk hides on every page to divert and engage young readers.

This is My Busy Green Garden is a beautiful celebration of nature that uses a gentle, cumulative rhyming text and lush illustrations to bring a vibrant garden to life. Each page introduces new characters commonly found in North American gardens –  a ladybug, a honeybee, a hummingbird and more, including a very special surprise guest on the final page.


The text is soothing and rhythmic, and would make for a lovely read-aloud, though it does get quite long towards the end! The repetition of lines works works well as a tool for supporting vocabulary development and literacy building.

The artwork is stunning, and there are plenty of colourful details on each spread for young readers to examine and explore.


There’s a great gentleness to This is My Busy Green Garden that’s immensely appealing. While I love zany picture books with madcap humour, and I’ll always be drawn to stories with cheeky meta elements, there’s something very refreshing about a picture book that doesn’t rely on gimmicks, and which simply uses gentle poetry and beautiful artwork to tell its story.

I also appreciated the end material, which provides additional information on all of the critters introduced in the text.


My Busy Green Garden is a lovely picture book that would make for a perfect spring or summer read, especially when followed by a visit to a local garden!

My Busy Green Garden

Hardcover, 36 pages
March 1, 2017 : Tilbury House
Source: Publisher

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  • Reply annettepimentel

    Ah! The art!

    August 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Kellee from Unleashing Readers (@kelleemoye)

    My son’s class is focusing on bugs this month, so I am going to share this with them! Thank you!

    August 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      This would be a great inclusion – the illustrations are so wonderfully detailed!

      August 8, 2017 at 2:02 am

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