A Very Young Gardener

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Whether planting seeds, growing flowers, or tending vegetables--and eating them!--six-year-old Ashley enjoys the work and pleasure of a gardening year. She looks for wildflowers in the woods, visits the nursery and botanical garden with her friend Lily, and plants a garden pleasing to the eye and the appetite. In autumn her family celebrates the harvest with a homegrown picnic. Then it's time for Ashley to start planning what she'll grow again next spring.

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Whether planting seeds, growing flowers, or tending vegetables--and eating them!--six-year-old Ashley enjoys the work and pleasure of a gardening year. She looks for wildflowers in the woods, visits the nursery and botanical garden with her friend Lily, and plants a garden pleasing to the eye and the appetite. In autumn her family celebrates the harvest with a homegrown picnic. Then it's time for Ashley to start planning what she'll grow again next spring.

Continuing with her acclaimed Very Young series, renowned photoessayist Jill Krementz follows a young gardener through the seasons. Full-color, sunlit photographs accompany the clear and simple text to introduce the joys of gardening as well as the responsibility of conservation to the youngest reader. From spring's first planting to fall's final harvest, Ashley's enthusiasm invites all budding gardeners to share in the wonder of growing things.

Text and photographs feature highlights of the gardening year as six-year-old Ashley grows flowers and vegetables in her garden, looks at native plants in the woods, and visits a botanical garden.

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PreS-Gr 3-- Blond, six-year-old Ashley tells about small incidents in the gardening year from the spring, when she and her parents buy seeds, seedlings, and plants, to a harvest picnic in the fall. Also in spring, Ashley and her mother stroll through the woods and visit the New York Botanical Garden. A gentle delight in growing things percolates through the sunshiny full-color photographs. Ashley is relaxed and unself-conscious before the camera and is as much a subject as the growing plants. A few sentences are scattered among the photographs, many of which are full-page. The text is secondary to the competent--but not outstanding--photographs, which are only loosely connected to each other. This is not a straightforward treatment of the subject addressed directly to young readers. It doesn't give tips on growing, except incidentally. A pleasant but nonessential evocation of middle-class suburban gardening, suitable for large collections--where relevant. --Sharon Levin, Univ . of Vermont, Burlington
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780840073365
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/15/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32

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