In Violet and the Eggplant Painting Problem, Professor Sage holds a contest between the young Bloomers, where each must choose their favorite vegetable to grow and care for. Here, young readers are introduced to the character of Violet, a painter who loves purple. So of course she chooses to grow eggplants, and decides to make paintings of them to track their progress. But she runs into a problem—there’s no more purple paint! Violet quickly learns that she can gather blackberries to make her own purple paint, and she is able to paint her vegetables after all. Bloomers Island Garden of Stories picture books take young readers and listeners to Bloomers Island to experience the world of plants, flowers, and gardens through lively stories and lush illustrations.
CYNTHIA WYLIE grew up on a farm, where she developed her love for all things green. Along with inventing unique gardening products, she has taught thousands of children how to garden. She has also raised four vegetable-eating children of her own in Venice, California.
Katya Longhi is a children’s book illustrator for publishers across Italy, Australia, the United States, France, and Brazil. In addition to collecting picture books and snow globes, she loves unicorns and anything magical. She lives in Italy with her husband and can be found online at katyalonghi.com.