This book shows readers how to grow catnip from seeds and then turn it into a fun toy for cats.
Children's Literature - Veronica BartlesPart of the "Grow it Yourself!" series, this book gives children detailed instructions to grow the catnip necessary to make a homemade cat toy. Malam explains what catnip is and why cats of all kinds love it so much. He tells about how catnip can be used to keep a pet cat happy and healthy. Each book in the series focuses on one type of plant, to show young readers not only how to grow it properly, but how to use the plant after it's grown. In beautifully illustrated, simple terms, Malam walks beginning gardeners through the process of growing a garden. From determining where and when to plant, picking out the proper variety for your growing conditions, and sowing the seeds to caring for the young plants as they grow to maturity, children can follow the easy instructions to grow a cat toy of their own. Malam explains the proper way to dry the catnip leaves after harvest, and he includes simple instructions for making it into a toy. Stunning full-color photographs complement the instructions contained in the book, allowing children of all reading levels to learn how to grow a successful garden. A glossary, index and list of resources for further research make this book the perfect resource for anyone who wants to learn to garden or who has ever worried that they might not have a green thumb. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
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