The Song Garden

Children - Educational
18 Pages
Reviewed on 02/07/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

This was an exciting day for Calla. Every year, her town has a musical showcase: garden plots in the community gardens that create music. Flowers are planted on a musical staff and, when complete, the flowers sing their own magical tunes. Calla has worked with her family every year, but this year, like so many of her friends, she wants to create her own song garden. The only thing is, once presented with her garden plot, her mind goes blank. She wanders around and studies the other song gardens and becomes increasingly more discouraged. She so wanted hers to be perfect, to be the best. Now she has nothing to show for it and only an hour left before the judging begins. She approaches her mother, worried that her younger brother might be making a mess of the family song garden. But her mother isn’t worried. She shares some profound words: “The best part of creating something all your own: there are no wrong answers.” So true.

Vicky Weber’s picture book story, The Song Garden, is a musical garden treasure. Flowers really do sing, not just in this charming story. The plot is well constructed and each garden plot, a plot of its own with its treble cleff and musical staff, is musically inspirational. The colorful illustrations help carry the story along and young readers will be inspired by Calla’s learning curve and the profound words of wisdom from her mother: “There are no wrong answers.” Young people (old people as well) have to learn that it’s important to try, to be creative and not to worry about getting something wrong. This is difficult to do in a society that expects perfection without errors. The story will also encourage young readers to show an interest in music and, more specifically, musical composition, where the beauty of sounds is like a beautiful garden. As a retired music teacher with a passion for gardening, this story spoke to my heart. Loved it.

Samantha Gregory

The Song Garden by Vicky Weber is the story of a young girl called Calla who lives in a place where they run a special showcase with flowers. The flowers are magical and when they are arranged in a certain way, they will sing a song. Calla is excited about making her own song, but she soon finds herself stuck as she cannot think of what to do and everyone else around her seems to have finished. The story is simple to read and understand and Calla is a good character for kids to read about because she is unsure, but with a little advice, she gives it a go and is happy with the results. This could teach kids that they shouldn't give up and should try, even if they have doubts. Calla does just that when her mum tells her that it does not have to be perfect.

Vicky Weber has created a charming book with The Song Garden. I love that kids can try their hand at making their own song up too. The pictures are lovely and while simple, they help to tell the story. It is engaging and fun and helps children to learn about music. For anyone interested in the subject, this would be a great way to get started. I think it would appeal to kids around the 5-8 years age group and I think it could do well on the market as I haven't seen many other stories like it. I would recommend it to parents with musical kids.