A Garden Alphabet
Praise for a Garden Alphabet…
Rhythmic couplets and robust watercolors depict the 26-step planting and harvesting program of a horticulturally minded dog and frog.
A fine anthologist (The Poetry Troupe, 1977) fashions garden facts and practices into adequate, if sometimes forced, verse. Wolff’s gardener is an appealing dog, both assisted and impeded by other creatures in various scales (a frog friend is dog- sized); some vegetables are nicely accurate (including underground views), while others are more casually rendered. Best are the whimsical touches: a mouse with a kale bonnet; the frog’s book–Bad Bugs. A mixed effort: not essential, but with some charming bits.