Boy Tends First Garden
Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, Philip and His Garden. New York: John S. Taylor & Co. 1841.
Written by evangelical British Protestant children’s book author Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna for the use of Sunday schools, Philip and His Garden is the story of a boy who plants and tends his first garden with the guidance of his pious father. Tonna uses Philip’s garden as an allegory for the relationship between God and sinful, struggling man. Gardening was a popular topic in nineteenth-century Anglo-American children’s books, as it was considered an occupation that could teach children a great deal about being useful while learning about the profound beauty of God’s creation.