Water, Weed, and Wait

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When Miss Marigold challenges the kids at Pepper Lane Elementary to turn an unpromising patch of their schoolyard into a garden full of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, they know they'll need all the help they can get. Soon everyone in the community is lending a hand?including an unlikely neighbor with a soft spot for gardening?and it isn't long before peppers, zuccchini, sugar peas, snapdragons, zinnias, and much more are growing and blooming....
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Overview

When Miss Marigold challenges the kids at Pepper Lane Elementary to turn an unpromising patch of their schoolyard into a garden full of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, they know they'll need all the help they can get. Soon everyone in the community is lending a hand—including an unlikely neighbor with a soft spot for gardening—and it isn't long before peppers, zuccchini, sugar peas, snapdragons, zinnias, and much more are growing and blooming.
 
· Back matter includes photos of students gardening in real school gardens and information on how readers can start their own school or home garden project.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Review, Booklist, November 1, 2010:
"[Kids will] come away with a sense of the effort that starting a garden requires, as well as the ways that it can transform a community."
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
An elementary classroom inspired by Ms. Marigold, a local "garden lady" volunteer, decides to plant a school garden. Ms. Marigold helps the students select a space during recess although the students feel their neighbor, grouchy Mr. Barkley, may object. Following selection of the site including a big cleanup, Ms Marigold leads the students through the steps necessary to make the garden a success. Students, volunteers, parents and community businesses all work together to get the project going. Even Mr. Barkley gets involved. The students work diligently to "water, weed and wait" and are rewarded with loads of flowers and veggies. They celebrate by inviting the community to a tasting party. The colorfully illustrated story idealistically portrays the worthwhile project of creating a school garden. The story is encouraging to those that may not have ever had gardening experiences. Suggestions and online resources as well as photos of actual school gardens are included at the end of the story. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews

Miss Marigold, the breezy "garden lady" at Pepper Lane Elementary, suggests turning a littered patch of hard-pan into a school garden. Between the kick-off cleanup day and a harvest party, there's plenty of mercurial industry, as volunteers frame raised beds and truck in rich soil. Mr. Barkley, a curmudgeonly neighbor with a brilliant garden, gradually warms to and aids the children's efforts. The authors (retired and practicing teachers, respectively) draw from experiences with school gardens. Miss Marigold introduces such resources as beneficial insect release ("Meet my good guys for the garden") and worm bins, and the double-spread aftermatter includes a few websites, a checklist for beginning a school garden and a border of charming photographs. However, Madden's mixed-media pictures are a disappointing pastiche of dizzyingly varied perspectives and rubbery cartoon caricatures. While some spreads successfully present scenes of cooperative activity in kid-appealing ways, the overarching visual sense is frenetic yet oddly superficial: There's little behind those grins and cross-eyes. Smart teachers will find the hook and perhaps harvest the exuberance for their own school gardens. (Picture book. 4-7)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Miss Marigold cajoles youngsters at Pepper Lane Elementary into cleaning up a section of the playground and planting flowers and vegetables. Grouchy Mr. Barkley, who lives on the other side of the schoolyard fence and has a fine garden of his own, soon becomes an ally, adding to Miss Marigold's lessons. Busy cartoon-style, mixed-media scenes crowd the pages with the children and their plants as "the garden lady" dispenses seed packets from her hat brim and cautions them all to "water, weed, and wait." She cheerily advises that "school gardens take plans, plants, and people" and goes on to shower the garden with ladybugs and help the children make a worm bin. Finally all is ready for a celebration and a vegetable feast, complete with Mr. Barkley appearing as a singing carrot. This quick skim of the gardening process and the crammed scenes offer more encouragement than actual information. The authors include a bit of broad advice in endnotes along with a short list of websites, some safety rules, and a general planning checklist. Didactic in its scheme and tone, the book might reassure teachers and classes considering some gardening.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582463209
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 792,727
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

EDITH HOPE FINE is the author of many books for children, including Under the Lemon Moon, Cryptomania, Cricket at the Manger, and Armando and The Blue Tarp School. She is the co-author of Nitty-Gritty Grammar and More Nitty-Gritty Grammar. Edith lives in Encinitas, California.
 
ANGELA DEMOS HALPIN has been an elementary school teacher for many years. This is her first book. Angela lives in San Diego, California.
 
COLLEEN MADDEN has illustrated a number of children's books, including Making New Friends and What If Everybody Did That? and is the recipient of an International Greeting Card Louie Award. She lives in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.
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Zack stared at the weeds and litter. "Here? You're kidding."
"It's hard as a rock," said Daisy, scuffing the soil.
"Lots of gardens start out like this," said Miss Marigold.

. . .

After recess, the students went back to the classroom full of ideas for their garden.

"But how do we start?" asked Zack.
"School gardens take plans, plants, and people," said Miss Marigold. "Then you water, weed, and wait."

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First Chapter

Water, Weed, and Wait


By Edith Hope Fine

Tricycle Press

Copyright © 2010 Edith Hope Fine
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781582463209

Zack stared at the weeds and litter. "Here? You're kidding."
"It's hard as a rock," said Daisy, scuffing the soil.
"Lots of gardens start out like this," said Miss Marigold.

. . .

After recess, the students went back to the classroom full of ideas for their garden.

"But how do we start?" asked Zack.
"School gardens take plans, plants, and people," said Miss Marigold. "Then you water, weed, and wait."

Continues...

Excerpted from Water, Weed, and Wait by Edith Hope Fine Copyright © 2010 by Edith Hope Fine. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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