My Baba's Garden [hc]
Written by Jordan Scott & illustrated by Sydney Smith
Inspired by memories of his childhood, Jordan Scott's My Baba’s Garden explores the sights, sounds, and smells experienced by a child spending time with their beloved grandmother (Baba), with special attention to the time they spent helping her tend her garden, searching for worms to keep it healthy. He visits her every day and finds her hidden in the steam of boiling potatoes, a hand holding a beet, a leg opening a cupboard, an elbow closing the fridge, humming like a night full of bugs when she cooks.
Poet Jordan Scott and illustrator Sydney Smith’s previous collaboration, I Talk Like a River, expored a cherished memory shared between a father and son. In this book, they turn that same wistful appreciation to the bond between a boy and his grandmother. Sydney Smith’s illustrations capture the sensational impressions of a child’s memory with iconic effect. 32 pages
"A quiet, tender, and profoundly moving celebration of intergenerational love." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review (Ages 4-7)
"Together, Scott and Smith create a portrait of a love which needs few words. An author’s preface offers a remembrance of Scott’s Polish Baba." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review (Ages 4-8)
March 7, 2023