Guided Reading Level: SGrade Level Equivalent: 4
Open the gates of the Wonder Garden to explore five of Earth's most extraordinary habitats, each filled with incredible creatures and epic scenery. Trek through the Amazon Rainforest, travel to the Chihuahuan Desert, dive in the Great Barrier Reef, delve deep into the Black Forest and stand on the roof of the world - the Himalayan Mountains - to see nature at its wildest. Breathtaking, engraved illustrations bring to life Earth's spectacular Wonder Garden.
Author JENNY BROOM studied at the Slade before becoming a writer and editor of children's books. Her natural history title Animalium was awarded Children's Book of the Year by the Sunday Times, and shortlisted for the National Book Awards and Blue Peter Award. She lives and works in London.
John Williams (1922-1994) was born and raised in Northeast Texas. Despite a talent for writing and acting, Williams flunked out of a local junior college after his first year. He reluctantly joined the war effort, enlisting in the Army Air Corps, and managing to write a draft of his first novel while there. Once home, Williams found a small publisher for the novel and enrolled at the University of Denver, where he was eventually to receive both his B.A. and M.A., and where he was to return as an instructor in 1954. Williams remained on the staff of the creative writing program at the University of Denver until his retirement in 1985. During these years, he was an active guest lecturer and writer, publishing two volumes of poetry and three novels, Butcher's Crossing, Stoner, and the National Book Award–winning Augustus.
"The intricate, colorful images on the cover of "The Wonder Garden" make it impossible not to want to find out what is inside - immediately." - The New York Times
"An enchanting tour of the animal kingdom that makes the world's biodiversity feel downright magical." - Publishers Weekly
"With the world as their canvas and oversize pages to fill, the author and illustrator offer a tremendous breadth of material." - School Library Journal
"...Wonder Garden's pages will call to mind tableaux seen in natural history museums (here, brightly lit), where the examination of each corner or microscene brings rewards." - School Library Journal Newsletter
Selected for Children's Special as non-fiction title as a One to Watch "Wide-Eyed's 2015 list is a really diverse selection of innovative non-fiction - this is my favourite... Wander the world's wildest habitats from the Amazon to the Great Barrier Reef- and discover life in all its dazzling variety... Broom is the author of Animalium and The Wonder Garden sits very well as a companion title." - Fiona Noble The Bookseller