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Mystery Vine

by Cathryn Falwell

Published by Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2009
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-177198-9

Ages 3 - 6

As two young children help plant and tend their vegetables over the spring and into summer, they are puzzled by the mystery vine creeping its way across the garden. What could it be? “Carrot tops were good for tickles; cucumbers for making pickles. We looked and looked for clue or sign to help us guess the Mystery Vine.” It isn’t until fall that they finally get an answer: pumpkins--lots of pumpkins! To bake into pies, to carve into jack-o-lanterns, and with seeds to roast and seeds to save and plant again. Cathryn Falwell’s pleasing story is illustrated with inviting collage art that punctuates the brown earth and green leaves of the garden with the children’s brightly-hued clothing and colors of the harvest. The enthusiastic siblings have light brown skin and very green thumbs indeed. CCBC Categories: Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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