Her mom said “Annabelle, now most of the hard work is done
All your garden needs now is to be watered and many days in the sun.”
Annabelle chose to plant seeds that grew into her favorite food
Like tomatoes and zucchini, which her dad would barbeque!
She surrounded the seeds with flowers called Marigold
“So the bunnies won’t eat your vegetables, the smell is too bold!”
It took Annabelle hours to plant her garden under the hot sun
She had no clue why her mom would think that this was fun.
Spring is here and Annabelle plants her first garden. In the beginning, this seemed easy. Annabelle and her mom prepared the soil and planted bright pink zinnia, golden marigold, tomato and zucchini seeds (Annabelle’s favorite vegetables). But she quickly gets bored and forgets to water and care for her garden. One day at recess, Annabelle brags about how green and lush her garden is. She invites her best friend, Olivia, over to show off, only to find out that it no longer exists! Olivia’s kindness shines through, and Annabelle learns a lesson in friendship.
“...Through Annabelle’s lesson, readers will learn patience and gratitude. The rhyming sequences makes this a fun read, and the vivid animations ... are fantastical and still realistic ... If Annabelle is to have more adventures, readers will assuredly line up for these sunny stories.” (The Adventures of Annabelle, Annabelle and the Last Day of School)
-Kirkus Reviews 2016
“...Well-drawn illustrations and an appealing heroine enliven the moral.” (The Adventures of Annabelle, Annabelle and the Messy Room)
-Kirkus Reviews 2017
About the Author
Judy is the mother of two grown girls born only a year apart. The funny and sometimes awkward scenarios found in the Annabelle book series are inspired by Judy’s two children as she helped them navigate through their own life experiences. Judy has found a way to bring these stories to life. She encourages children today to find humor in not-so-funny circumstances, warmth and compassion in sad ones, and to emerge from all situations knowing how much they are loved by their family and friends, no matter what the outcome! Her wish is that all children grow up in this world with confidence and knowing that kindness exists in everyone, and sometimes it just takes a little effort and patience for it to shine through.