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Netherlands Picture Books

In the Garden

Noëlle Smit

Netherlands Picture Books

In the Garden

Noëlle Smit

Author

Noëlle Smit (1972) studied art, and has worked as an illustrator and writer since 1999. She also produces film animations, and scenography and costumes for theatre productions. The books she has illustrated have been translated into more than ten languages. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the best picture book of 2011 award together with the writer, Bibi Dumon Tak. She particularly likes illustration techniques from the 1950s. 

Overview

From tomatoes and courgettes to grapes and strawberries – in the home garden, you can grow practically anything, and gardening can be endlessly interesting and fun. An extremely vivid picture book, distinguished by nostalgic illustrations in lush, vivid colours, takes the reader on a tour of a home garden and presents gardening through the seasons. With few words, the book encourages self-sufficiency and intergenerational help as the eye feeds on beauty.

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Praise

Noëlle Smit’s gorgeous picturebook ... will help you chart the seasons changing. Smit’s highly detailed, boldly coloured drawings have an immediate impact.

Sara Keating, The Irish Times

This book is all about the illustrations and what a joy they are! ... Each spread is a treat for the eye. ... A book about nature, growth and new beginnings that fills you with hope.

Sarah Webb, The Irish Independent