Mary stood by the fire and twisted her thin little hands together with sheer pleasure. “If I have a spade,” she whispered, “I can make the earth nice and soft and dig up weeds. If I have seeds and can make flowers grow the garden won’t be dead at all— it will come alive.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Saying sorry is never easy.  
Jarrett J. Krosoczka,
My Buddy Slug

Slowly the hamper sagged beneath his weight; by the time Harriet found him it was completely flattened, like a wafer-ice that has been left in the sun.
“Oh, FurryLook what you’ve done!”
“Gleep,” replied the baby griffin mournfully, stretching out first one hind leg and them the other.

Joan Aiken,
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories

About Jeanne...

Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools. Jeanne had lots of great teachers, but her favorites were: Mrs. Corkhill, sixth grade, who encouraged her intellectual curiosity; Mr. Tremonte, eighth grade algebra, who taught Jeanne to love and respect math; and Miss Basehore, second and fourth year Latin, to whom Jeanne (and Mr. Penderwick) will be forever grateful.

Jeanne BirdsallAlthough she first decided to become a writer when she was ten years old, it took Jeanne until she was forty-one to get started.

In the years in between, Jeanne had many strange jobs to support herself, and also worked hard as a photographer, the kind that makes art. Some of Jeanne's photographs are included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Her work can be seen in several galleries, including the R. Michelson Galleries in western Massachusetts.

Front PorchJeanne's home now is with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts. Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens.

For more information:
YouTube Interview with Jeanne
OC Register Interview with Jeanne

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