Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: A Grandma's Bag of Tricks

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Make leaf rubbings, blow jumbo bubbles, bake Moon Pizzas and Granny-ola in a handmade solar oven, grow a snack pot of radishes and carrots, create a firefly lantern, and on a rainy day make rainsticks.

Illustrated with evocative photographs and the author’s watercolors, this magical book shows how to do 130 activities that connect grandmothers and grandchildren through nature—in the kitchen, the garden, and the art room.

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Overview

Make leaf rubbings, blow jumbo bubbles, bake Moon Pizzas and Granny-ola in a handmade solar oven, grow a snack pot of radishes and carrots, create a firefly lantern, and on a rainy day make rainsticks.

Illustrated with evocative photographs and the author’s watercolors, this magical book shows how to do 130 activities that connect grandmothers and grandchildren through nature—in the kitchen, the garden, and the art room.

Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars is more than an activity book; it’s an interactivity book. It’s about being curious, about being adventurous, about noticing and really seeing things, about instilling a sense of wonder. Sprinkled throughout are Mrs. Lovejoy’s inventive grandparenting ideas that help make every visit a memorable one, filled with simple joys and discoveries that will have grandchildren coming back again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

Scholastic Parents & Child Magazine
“Build a worm hotel, a pizza box solar oven, or a firefly lantern by following the whimsical simple instructions in this terrific source of outdoor activity ideas.”

Scholastic Parents & Child Magazine

Book Page magazine
Sharon Lovejoy calls this treasure trove of crafts, recipes and activities “a natural outgrowth of the way I have always lived and interacted with children.” Many of the ideas and projects originated from her journal notes and sketches. Who could resist a “Faeries’ Tea Party” where Heart- and Star-Shaped Faerie Sandwiches and Button Pie appear on the menu? Or building the title cottage for a toad and collecting leaves and flowers for a 3-D collage? More than 130 activities encourage an exploration of both the natural world and a child’s imagination. Clear instructions, illustration and abundant photos make each project inviting, and a list of “ingredients” makes them manageable. “The book is about unplugging from electronics and plugging into adventures, projects, discoveries and the simplest pleasures of childhood,” says Lovejoy, “watching shooting stars, following animal tracks, creating art, and keeping family history and traditions alive.” (Ages 6-10, adult)
-Kirkus Reviews
Los Angeles Daily News
“What better way to get kids interested in the garden and nature.”

Los Angeles Daily News

From the Publisher
“Build a worm hotel, a pizza box solar oven, or a firefly lantern by following the whimsical simple instructions in this terrific source of outdoor activity ideas.”

Scholastic Parents & Child Magazine

“When Sharon Lovejoy says her gardening books are for children ofallages, she means all ages, including grandparents. Her magical activities, projects and ideas prove it is never too late to have a happy childhood.’

Book Page magazine

“What better way to get kids interested in the garden and nature.”

Los Angeles Daily News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761150435
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 246,832
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (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

Contents:
Introduction
1. Preparing Camp Granny
2. The Neighborhood Naturalist
3. Kids in the Kitchen
4. Kitchen Garbage Garden
5. Kids in the Garden
6. Rainy Day Activities
Appendix
Index

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    A wonderful book!

    What a great book! The ideas are easy to implement, and many have no dollar cost to implement, but the rewards are immeasurable! From walking around the garden and pointing out plants to scrapbooks about time spent together, anyone can find a way to share their memories. Having fun has never been so easy! I will be sure to recommend this book to other "grands" and parents, as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Fantastic resource for grandparents!!

    This book has oodles of ideas for outdoor themed activities for kids. Great for all adults to use with children. I've bought one for myself & 3 for gifts!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Toad Cottages

    This is a great gift for someone with a new grandchild. It fills you with inspiration and anticipation of good times to come. Don't go babysiiting without it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    An excellent resource for advice and activities for young kids!

    Sharon Lovejoy wrote Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks for grandparents with a variety of activities and treats to share with their grandchildren. But this is much more than an activity book; from the suggestions that Lovejoy makes, it is clear that she must have had a wonderful relationship with her own grandmothers and that she's established strong bonds with her own grandchildren.

    Lovejoy suggests ways to make your home welcoming, to prepare places that will make young grandchildren feel comfortable and special at the same time. From making special areas and activity spots to compiling baskets of books and bags for outdoor exploration to all sorts of child friendly recipes, Lovejoy shares her secrets.



    The book is separated into "activity sections":

    * Preparing Camp Granny
    * The Neighborhood Naturalist
    * Kids in the Kitchen
    * Kitchen Garbage Garden
    * Kids in the Garden; and
    * Rainy Day Activities

    While many of the proposed activities are well suited for families in the suburbs (with access to the outdoors), they can be adapted for public parks, neighborhood gardens and nearby beaches. It's a book that grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, and even parents can use to find ideas and for advice. The book itself is clearly a labor of love with gorgeous illustrations, carefully selected activities, and even engaging photos of Lovejoy's four grandchildren. I highly recommend Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks for the activities and advice. I'll certainly use the suggestions to make my niece feel at home when she visits next month!

    For children ages 9-12.
    ISBN-10: 0761150439 - Paperback
    Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Original edition (February 4, 2010), 205 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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