The Garden That We Grew

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After planting the seeds and watching them grow, huge pumpkins appear in a patch. Now we can make pumpkin pie and jack-o'-lanterns! Planting a garden is so much fun, and this rhyming reader shows us how.

Children plant pumpkin seeds, water and weed the garden patch, watch the pumpkins grow, pick them, and enjoy them in various ways.

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After planting the seeds and watching them grow, huge pumpkins appear in a patch. Now we can make pumpkin pie and jack-o'-lanterns! Planting a garden is so much fun, and this rhyming reader shows us how.

Children plant pumpkin seeds, water and weed the garden patch, watch the pumpkins grow, pick them, and enjoy them in various ways.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this appealing addition to the series, children are making a garden. The whole process, from preparing the soil to creating things from their harvested pumpkins, is cheerfully and simply reported in verse, two or four lines on each double-page spread. The illustrations of the smiling, busy youngsters show that they're into the project with both their spirits and their bodies: into the dirt "all warm and brown," the water, the weeds, and finally the pumpkins-"Inside the pumpkins/is wet, orange goop./This is the way/we scoop, scoop, scoop, scoop!" with both spoons and hands. Beginning readers should enjoy the short, simple text, the enthusiasm of the children, and the fun they're having.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Holub (Scat, Cats!, above, etc.) uses a rhyming, patterned text to follow a group of five young children experiencing the growth cycle with pumpkins, from planting seeds all the way through to jack-o'-lanterns, pumpkin bread, and seeds saved for next year's garden. The simple text at the 2.4 level uses a "this is the -" pattern throughout, with rhyming couplets that encourage prediction of closing words. The sequential storyline covers both the necessary elements of nature (tilled soil, water, sun, worms, and bees) and the work by gardeners required for growing healthy plants. Nakata's (Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate, 2000) cheerful watercolors of round-headed children are charming and generally complement the text, but the color palate is not as bright as it should be to reflect the vibrant, bouncy rhymes, especially for a title that will be used for reading to a group, as well as by individual readers. Nonetheless, easy nonfiction titles about seed cycles are always in demand for first- and second-grade science lessons, and Holub's story will also be used for preschool or kindergarten story hours in October, when pumpkin stories are as popular as full-sized candy bars on Halloween night. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141311982
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 462,460
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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