utilizes the same repetitious building pattern as The House That Jack Built
and (at least to an extent) [b:Green Eggs and Ham|23772|Green Eggs and Ham|Dr. Seuss|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327875972s/23772.jpg|86934]. If Siggy's lukewarm reception is any indication, Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool weren't quite as successful as these others. Why? Best I can tell, the folk art style didn't work for her. (Personally, I liked it!) As the story progresses, it gets wordier and wordier. Entire pages are crammed with text, limiting the artwork's ability to help tell the story. So at least in this instance, Isabella's Garden
didn't have the advantage of toddler appeal. The book also held the dubious distinction of being the only one out of a batch of picture books from the library that was not requested for a reread.
Would the book be more successful with older children? Maybe, though the wordiness problem would persist. The focus on the cyclical journey of seeds is a neat idea though, and might be an effective tool for teaching environmental stewardship and sustainability to elementary schoolers. We'll see. Isabella's Garden
might deserve another chance in a couple of years.