Title: Let’s Garden-A Step by Step Introduction
Written by: Clara Lidström & Annakarin Sylberg
Translation: Viktoria Lindbäck
Illustrations by: Katy Kimbell & Li Söderberg
Published by: Little Gestalten, Berlin, April 2016
Themes: gardening for kids, food, creativity, nature, plants
HEAD POTS: You can make these funny figures with edible hairing by drawing faces on pots and grow cress or sunflowers in them. If you grow grass, you can even give them a haircut.
Swedish authors Lindström and Sylberg have created a craft and project filled book for elementary children who want to explore their yard’s potential and see what they can grow. It is broken down into ten chapters each with clear textual and colorful visual instructions. These projects are not just a case of buying a packet of pumpkin seeds from the store but are super fun, instructive and require a simple but developed skill set.
What kid wouldn’t like to know that if they plant rabbit poop beads then cane discover what those bunnies munch on? Or when Mom decides to throw out the old garlic that has started to sprout the GARLIC & CHEESE chapter explains exactly what to do with that old garlic to recycle and repurpose it. Little growers are guided every step of the way through each activity, which contain both illustrations and photos.
Why I like this book:
They explicitly say in their Tips and Tricks preface that this is not a book for grownups, it is truly a hands-on gardening handbook for kids (there is a parental epilogue!) The range of activities is excellent and encourages a great understanding about natural connections and the journey from soil to table as well as the possibilities for recycling and avoiding waste. A large yard is not necessary, nor is there a need for lots of equipment. the activities can be accessed by city and country kids alike. This book can help generate a generation of little growers and is an attractive addition to classrooms and families that want some hands in the dirt activities for their young students.
Pick one or more of the activities and engage! If you do, please post your progress back here in a few weeks or months time. I would love to see this in action.
Also, another great text to partner with this one is, MY GARDEN by Kevin Henkes, reviewed here
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