Vegetable Dreams Huerto Sonado


Erin is so excited about her dream: a garden full of wonderful vegetables. Real gardens take a lot of work and Erin's parents don't think she is ready for the task. After hearing Erin's story, Mr. Martinez volunteers to help her, and a garden is born. They work together, and Erin learns that gardening is more than just the fruit of your labors. 

Young Reader (5):
It took some cajoling to get our child to let us read in Spanish (it could be, in part, because it is fairly rusty!). Still, s/he liked the story and was captivated by the illustrations.

Parent Perspective:
This is a refreshing story. The title left us a little wary, but that didn't last past the second or third page. The story is very inviting; the author did a great job of developing the relationship between Erin and Mr. Martinez without crowding out the story or getting overly detailed about them as individuals.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The book offers a wonderful story about friendship between generations, partnership, friendship, and the old-fashioned idea of having a garden. Everyone can enjoy this story.

Content Awareness Factors:

The illustrations are a little too impressionistic for us (it was hard to see Erin's tears as anything but blur). Still, they are detailed and complement the story.

Type of Book:
This is a bilingual picture book about friendship, learning, and family.
Educational Themes:

There are lots of things to do with this book ... not the least of which is plant your own garden. Erin and Mr. Martinez introduce the idea of valued partnerships across generations, so there may be neighbors you can get to know; family elders to interview (they most certainly have garden memories); or farmers markets to visit.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
This could go either way. It is DEFINITELY a borrow, even if you don't read Spanish. It will bring back memories of our own summer gardens ... and a simpler way of life.

Title Vegetable Dreams / Huerto sonado
Author Dawn Jeffers
Publisher Raven Tree Press © 2006
Illustrators Claude Schneider
ISBN 097419929X
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Friendship, Foreign Language | Bilingual, Latin America | Hispanic People
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