Watch Me Grow!: A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City

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A charming introduction in words and photographs to growing food in the city. The companion title to Up We Grow! is another informative and inspiring book about small-scale, local farming. This time the focus is on raising food in cities, where it can be grown anywhere ? on windowsills, balconies, yards, boulevards and even rooftops. Children follow the food, from planting and tending to harvesting and eating. Kids also read about sharing in community gardens and community kitchens and about the friendships and ...
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Overview

A charming introduction in words and photographs to growing food in the city. The companion title to Up We Grow! is another informative and inspiring book about small-scale, local farming. This time the focus is on raising food in cities, where it can be grown anywhere ? on windowsills, balconies, yards, boulevards and even rooftops. Children follow the food, from planting and tending to harvesting and eating. Kids also read about sharing in community gardens and community kitchens and about the friendships and sense of caring that grow as people tend their city gardens.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This companion to Up We Grow! moves from the farm to the fire escape as it explores ways that gardeners are growing food in community gardens, on rooftops, and in backyards. Harris contributes numerous photos of children getting in on the action—watering plants, tilling soil, and enjoying the (literal) fruits of their labor. Emphasizing the communal aspects of urban farming, Hodge offers tips (such as how to grow a "pizza garden") and questions for readers: "Do you have a patch of earth or container you can turn into a garden?" Direct and informative, this should inspire many kids to test out how green their thumbs are. Ages 4–7. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Through lucid, straightforward text and colorful photos, this slim book pays tribute to the benefits of urban gardening. Primary-grade readers will learn how gardeners make a city—in this case Vancouver, Canada—"a better place to live." Gardens, large and small, take root in plots all over the city, from rooftops to windowsills. Oversize photos zoom in on honeybees, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a group of children enjoying blueberry pie. Gardening is lauded as a neighborly activity, a way of caring for ourselves in growing healthy food, and in making a place for wild animals. Young and old people raise animals such as chickens and donate produce to programs for the needy. In addition to growing and harvesting food, the city dwellers connect to nature: "we are thankful for the soil, sun and rain that give life to our plants and all living things." Imbued with eco-friendly values throughout, this rousing read should inspire youngsters to dig in and start planting.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554536184
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,536,199
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Hodge is a former educational consultant and curriculum designer and the author of the Kids Can Press Wildlife series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Brian Harris is an award-winning photographer with many years of experience in photography and project management for not-for-profit organizations such as FarmFolk/CityFolk. His photographs appear in Up We Grow! He is a proponent of sustainable living and makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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