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Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
Maxine is an inventor with a goldfish as a best friend. She has the motto, "If I can dream it, I can build it!"
One day Maxine, Milton (the goldfish), and their friend, Leo, decide to create the “Greatest Garden Ever!” 🥕 🌸
I love this book! It is a great STEM book, but also includes themes such as compromise, perseverance, friendship, and creativity.
The illustrations are detailed with fun moments everywhere (love this kind of book for re-reading). My daughter and I love to use the images on the endpapers as a look-and-find, matching with the corresponding pictures throughout the book.
(And, if you have read the first book in the series, MADE BY MAXINE, you will be able to spot Maxine’s “Fintastic” float.)
"Maxine and the Greatest Garden Ever!" is a picture book about two friends who work together to create a garden that's fabulous, functional and friendly to all. Maxine (of "Made by Maxine") and her friend Leo set out to make something new and decide that a garden is the way to go. Their design has all the bells and whistles and attracts quite a following. Unfortunately, their biggest fans are neighborhood animals, who eat the garden up. Maxine and Leo put their heads together and come up with a solution that offers a little something for every garden guest, even the bunnies and the squirrels.
Spunky, creative Maxine and her friend Leo approach creative challenges just a bit differently. But they do succeed in making the greatest garden ever. But there’s a problem…the animals like it too. Can Maxine and Leo put their heads together and compromise to find a solution? Can they grow a garden and a friendship?
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
I rarely write reviews, especially for a children's book, but this one was exceptional. With a light-hearted approach it explores friendship in a way that is engaging and entertaining. Along the way, young readers will learn not only what it takes to make a friend, but how to keep one. The illustrations are also great...there is lots to look at and discover each time you read and re-read the book. And trust me -- you will be re-reading it! All in all a great discovery. I will seek out more books from this author.