By Chelsea Tornetto & illustrated by Hsulynn Pang
Sunshine is for soaking up,
and seeds are meant for sowing.
Raindrops give small sprouts a drink,
and gardens are for growing.
In this tender poem, the love between a father and daughter blossoms alongside the seeds they plant together. As the garden grows, the daughter grows from a toddler to a teen and finally to a woman with a child of her own. The cottagecore illustrations beautifully connect the seasons of nature with the seasons of life, where new beginnings abound.
Spring is meant for brand new starts,
and hearts are meant for knowing.
Homes are made to call you back
where gardens are for growing.
Chelsea Tornetto is a world geography teacher in Jackson, Missouri, and is the author of Conquering Content Vocabulary (Scholastic 2018). While she is a terrible gardener, her husband, Mike, has a green thumb, and she's blessed to be able to watch him raise vegetables-and their two children-in their backyard garden all summer long.
Hsulynn Pang is lucky enough to have made a living out of what most people would call a hobby from the comforts of her home: making drawings and paintings. Hsulynn spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors, which inspires her nature-focused artwork today. She currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with her husband, Sam, and her daughter, Harper, getting up to adventures of their own.