• Title: The Plant Sitter
  • Author: Gene Zion Margaret Bloy Graham
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Plant Sitter Everyone has heard of baby sitters and some people have had jobs as dog sitters Even flagpole sitters are usual than the type of sitter Tommy became a plant sitter When his family decided not to go a
    Everyone has heard of baby sitters, and some people have had jobs as dog sitters Even flagpole sitters are usual than the type of sitter Tommy became a plant sitter When his family decided not to go away for the summer, young Tommy got a job He collected all the neighbors plants, promising to care for them throughout the summer Soon Tommy s house was unrecognizaEveryone has heard of baby sitters, and some people have had jobs as dog sitters Even flagpole sitters are usual than the type of sitter Tommy became a plant sitter When his family decided not to go away for the summer, young Tommy got a job He collected all the neighbors plants, promising to care for them throughout the summer Soon Tommy s house was unrecognizable Watching television was like watching an outdoor movie deep in the jungle, and taking a bath was like swimming in a small lake in the middle of a forest Tommy s parents were not particularly enthusiastic about their son s career, but the plants flourished.One night Tommy had a dream that the plants had grown too big to fit in the house The next day some research at the library revealed his worries When the neighbors returned they were delighted to see their healthy plants And Tommy was delighted when his father suggested a vacation for the plant sitter and his family.Margaret Bloy Graham has painted a garland of gay and verdant pictures for this utterly enchanting story.

    One Reply to “The Plant Sitter”

    1. An oldie but a great-y :) From 1959! Tommy takes on plant sitting as a job for 2 cents a plant for all the neighbors. He takes such good care of the plants they get huge and turn the house into a jungle (much to his pipe-smoking, yelling father's chagrin). So he goes to the Library and reads all he can about plant care, buys supplies at the plant supply store, goes home and trims all the plants making cuttings. Happy ending of course, and all the children get baby plants!

    2. While no one would be fooled into thinking this is a current book, it stands the test of time.I just love this industrious little kid who cares for vacationers' plants, filling up the house with them. His parents' reactions are hilarious and his eventual winning over everyone to greenery is delightful.

    3. The story is mild and sweet; I like the illustrations much more. I've often fantasized about living in a house with so many plants that I feel like I'm living in a jungle of sorts -- and that's totally what Tommy manages here.

    4. "The Plant Sitter" by Gene Zion tells the story of Tommy. Tommy is a young boy that is looking for something fun to do throughout the summer. Because Tommy is not able to take a vacation with his family for the summer, Tommy decides to watch the plants that his neighbors leave at home while they travel. For each day Tommy cares for a neighbor's plants he receives two cents as compensation. Tommy loves his summer job and spends ample time watering the plants every day. However, Tommy is concerned [...]

    5. I remember this book from my childhood, and re-reading it, I still love it. Tommy's father is too busy to take the family on a summer vacation, but Tommy has lined up a vacation business for himself-- 'plant sitting' for other people's plants (at two cents each!). Tommy, of course, brings all the plants home with him, and the house becomes a veritable jungle of fostered flora. Tommy's exactly care for the plants causes them to thrive and grow, which begins to be a problem but after visiting the [...]

    6. The Plant Sitter is a pretty old picture that my grandmother actually read to me when I was young. The little boy in the book, decides he could be quite the entrepreneur and begins a plant-sitting service for those that are out of town or need help taking care of plants. This is a very cute story with fun illustrations and a very confident young main character. The illustrations mainly consist of the colors blue, green, black and yellow. They are pretty simple sketches and are fun to look at. Th [...]

    7. Fun old book about a boy who creates a summer business (much to his father's chagrin) and sees it through, even when the going gets tough.

    8. A childhood favorite of mine. I was thinking of it and my late mother this afternoon as I attacked some ivy with vengeance in our yard. She loved this book and giving landscaping "haircuts." :-)

    9. A big hit with my 3 year old. One of the best pages is where the boy dreams that the house is so full of plants that the sides fall down.

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