Monday, April 9, 2007

It's Monday, so this post must be about books....




These are the books we will be using this week to cover "National Garden Week".
ONE BEAN by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey
This is a cute book for children to learn about plant life and observation.We will be planting our own bean after we read it.
JACK'S GARDEN by Henry Cole
Princess enjoys this book which shows you
the seeds,seedlings,buds and leaves, as Jack's
garden blooms.
MY BACKYARD GARDEN by Carol Lerner
This is a great book to show kids how to choose the location of their garden and cultivate a variety of organically grown vegetables.From sowing the seeds to harvesting the crops.
KIDS GARDENING by Kevin Raftery and Kim Gilbert Raftery with illustrations by Jim M'Guinness
This Parents' Choice Gold Award winner is an indoor/outdoor all year activity guide for kids.
It was a gift from Princess's Uncle Paul, and she loves just looking at the pictures and dreaming about the next thing we'll do! A book with a similar intent, is
GARDENING WIZARDRY FOR KIDS by L.Patricia Kite with illustrations by Yvette Santiago Banek this book has plenty of safe projects for indoors and promises fascinating folklore to surprise any kid.
GREAT GARDENS FOR KIDS by Clare Matthews with photos by Clive Nichols
promises to help you create a stimulating landscape for fun and fantasy with safe play for children of all ages.I have been trying to get Farmer Dad to incorporate more of their ideas every year.
I do not think a Gardening with children unit would be complete without some input from
Sharon Lovejoy's ROOTS SHOOTS BUCKETS AND BOOTS.
This is the book that keeps me going over the winter. Princess and I pore over it's pages
filled with fun ideas we just can't wait to include in our garden year after year!
Finally we will be reading WHAT'S ALIVE by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott and WONDERFUL WORMS by Linda Glaser with pictures Loretta Krupinski
Thanks again to Nina over at Painted Rainbows and Chamomile Tea for suggesting them.

4 comments:

nina said...

Kate, you sure have a handle on the garden books. We are just lucky that we have the spinach planted. We are also going to grow cherry tomatoes in containers as well. I just order One Bean from the library. I also might try the experiment in Science is Simple where you "plant" bean seeds, wait for the roots to grow and then turn it upside down to watch the roots continue to make there way down.

Have you read "Everything Grows" by Raffi. There is a great CD with the book. It is where Citcat learned that the "roots go down and the shoot grows up."

Great list.

Kate in NJ said...

Thanks Nina. I really think you should "plant" some bean seeds with Citcat..she'll love it.Princess
grew one last year and as we got tired of it and busy with outside, I left it on the kitchen windowsill...couple weeks later we had 3 beans..it grew up behind the curtain and we never noticed.;-)

Angela, MotherCrone said...

I have truly loved some of these books. This year Girlie wants to try the herb garden and Moonlight garden from Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots. Have you ever done any? Our moonflower seedlings did not take off, and I fear the store sold us old seeds :( But, we will try again on our next planting.

Kate in NJ said...

Oh, yes we grow moonflowers every year around our yard, along the fence,up and over a trellis.
I usually just stick a few seeds in the ground after Mother's Day.

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