A Green, Green Garden (My First I Can Read Series)by Mercer Mayer
Little Critter® and his family plant some vegetables. After lots of watering, weeding, and waiting, they enjoy a delicious meal—all from their green, green garden.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2—Little Critter introduces beginning readers to planting and growing a garden through simple sentences and amusing illustrations. He and his family show children how to select seeds and plants; clear the land; and even how compost, worms, and bugs help a garden flourish. Pair this title with Katherine Ayres's Up, Down, and Around (Candlewick, 2006), Helene J. Jordan's How a Seed Grows (Crowell, 1960), and Lois Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup (Harcourt, 1987) for classroom garden units or storyhours.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotFor fans of Little Critter and his family, this story of creating a garden conveys a real message of how much effort it takes to grow your own food. The whole family heads for the garden store where they buy seeds and plants. Dad rents a rototiller to dig up the soil and the kids are put to work removing stones and clumps of grass. Then the plants have to be watered and weeded as they grow and it takes a long time for plants to grow. Little Critter is back in school which would imply that it is almost fall. They start a compost heap (although realistically this would be for next year's garden) and include some worms as well as good bugs to eat the bad bugs. The deer arrive and manage to eat up some of the delicious vegetables. Finally it is time to harvest the fruits of their labor. It is generally a good lesson about going green and what it takes to create a home vegetable garden. Don't miss the little mouse that keeps appearing on the pages. Part of the "I Can Read!" series this title is a My Frist shared reading which is aimed at sharing with emergent readers. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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