There is just something magical about a garden, especially in the spring. New life emerging from the darkness of winter and the protection of the earth.
Out into the sun each shoot, plant and flower stretches out after a long winter's nap.
Fall may be my favorite season, but spring is a close second. Just the newness of it all, the fearlessness of each tree to put forth its leaves (especially where I am from, where it is known to snow in May and sometimes June!) and let the light in. It's beautiful really.
The colors too are always a treat. After the faded browns and dull gray of winter comes a riot of color, as if Mother Nature is showing off.
All of these wonders and more can be found in Mr. Goethe's Garden by Diana Cohn. Inside the pages of this beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written book is the story of a unique friendship between Anna and her elderly neighbor, Mr. Johann van Goethe.
Inspired by Goethe's botanical treatise The Metamorphosis of the Plant, Anna learns about the cycle of plants and the relationship between us the them, "Like friends, plants tell you their secrets only when they know you care. Just practice listening with your eyes, and one day when you least expect it, you will see with your heart and be swept up into nature's dance." This book is a wonderful companion to any gardening adventure, and a beautiful introduction to the incredible relationship we can have with the natural world around us.
Seeing as how the time for outdoor planting is fast approaching (and in some places already started), we think one of you should have a copy of this delightful book as a companion while you dig in the dirt!
For a chance to win a copy of this book, simply leave a comment on this post by 8am MST Thursday May 3rd. The winners will be chosen by random number and announced later that day.
And the winner is Anna who wrote:
"Oh my goodness. Goethe and gardening! What a treat. I would be so stoked to share this with my daughters."
Thank you to everyone who participated!
*Last time in Books and Stories: Earth Day Story