Sunflower Houses: Inspiration From the Garden - A Book for Children and Their Grown-ups.

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A fetching primer on gardening for children, chockablock with botanical lore. Green-thumbed adults will also find this an irresistible excursion into old-fashioned garden history. (The Smithsonian)

Sunflower Houses lit up my life and, indeed, may go on doing so for years to come. Enchanting! (American Library Book Review)

Celebrate the lore of the garden and the joys of interacting with nature. Filled with cozy recollections and garden poems, a...

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Overview

A fetching primer on gardening for children, chockablock with botanical lore. Green-thumbed adults will also find this an irresistible excursion into old-fashioned garden history. (The Smithsonian)

Sunflower Houses lit up my life and, indeed, may go on doing so for years to come. Enchanting! (American Library Book Review)

Celebrate the lore of the garden and the joys of interacting with nature. Filled with cozy recollections and garden poems, a plant abecedarium and the charm of pansies, how to grow a zucchini fish in a bottle and why every garden needs a swing, this unique miscellany insures that the memorable outdoor experiences of childhood will be passed on from one generation to the next. Illustrating the book throughout are the author's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Times
Even the youngest gardeners get a thrill from watching a plant grow - particularly a plant they nurtured.
Children's Literature
This charming and unique book by a flower and herb naturalist reveals the joy of outdoor experiences that can be shared and passed on from one generation to the next. Even ardent couch potatoes will be inspired to discover the fun offered by interacting with the flora and fauna. Activities and information along with beautiful watercolor illustrations beckon readers to experience a sunflower house, and to make birdhouses from gourds, daisy chains, walnut baskets and more. The book is peppered with quotes about nature, poems, technical information and the author's childhood memories and the joy of being with nature. The book is divided into sections that include seasonal activities, nature's toyshop, flower stories, flower dolls, secret places, garden games and how to plan a garden. Also included is an epilogue by the author, garden riddles, a bibliography and a complete glossary of plant names. Adults will enjoy sharing this treasure of a book, full of positive and memorable ideas and activities, with young readers. This would be a useful resource for both classroom and family library. 2001, Workman, $13.95. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761123866
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 410,810
  • Age range: 10 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on Today at NBC, PBS's Victory Garden, and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.

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Table of Contents

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR (6)

INTRODUCTION (8)

PLANTS FOR CHILDREN (12)

PLANNING GARDENS (28)

SECRET PLACES (60)

FLOWER DOLLS (72)

A VENERABLE TREE (80)

CROWNS, CHAINS, AND LEAFY HATS (86)

CELEBRATE SPRING (94)

FLOWER STORIES (98)

NATURE'S TOYSHOP (112)

GARDEN GAMES (132)

EPILOGUE (136)

BIBLIOGRAPHY (138)

GLOSSARY OF PLANT NAMES (140)

PUZZLE ANSWERS (144)

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