Young Gardener
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Young Gardener

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by Stefan Buczacki, Beverly Buczacki
     
 

What’s more fun for a child than playing in the dirt? Turning that activity into gardening, says author/illustrator team Stefan and Beverley Buczacki. In Young Gardener, the Buczackis take a green, organic, environmentally friendly approach to an activity they show can be enjoyed year-round. The idea is hands-on gardening that combines useful

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What’s more fun for a child than playing in the dirt? Turning that activity into gardening, says author/illustrator team Stefan and Beverley Buczacki. In Young Gardener, the Buczackis take a green, organic, environmentally friendly approach to an activity they show can be enjoyed year-round. The idea is hands-on gardening that combines useful information with fun projects that can be done by children, alone or with adults. Aimed at young readers with gardens large or small, plain backyards, or simply indoor potted plants, Young Gardener is based on seasons, with sections devoted to early, middle, and late parts of each season. For example, spring gives the opportunity to sow seeds indoors — in the house or a greenhouse — and transfer them outside when they’re hardy enough to survive. The authors also discuss wildlife and conservation issues, such as bats, mice, and even mysterious creatures like voles. Written in simple language and illustrated throughout with color photographs and black-and-white illustrations, Young Gardener captures children’s imaginations and excites their enthusiasm for the natural world outside — or even inside — their back door.

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Children's Literature - Gwynne Spencer
Getting kids interested in gardening is a challenge for adults who love the dirt. This British volume features stunning and enticing photos (all in full color) of a variety of kids of a varied ages and cultures enjoying a multiple gardening tasks around the year. The text has not been Americanized (so you "fertilise" things and enjoy their "colour") including the measurements which are all metric, which takes some getting used to. I doubt, however, kids will agonize over this as much as adults. Each season is broken up into three sections, and, in each section (early-mid-late), you look at what is going on in the garden, what is happening to the plants, what kinds of things can you do in the garden, and how to enjoy one seasonally appropriate and satisfyingly easy garden craft project (such as a hanging bird table, a decorated flower pot, drying herbs, potpourri, pressed flower pictures, spore prints, Halloween jack-o-lantern, birdseed garland, Christmas garland, and a rhubarb crumble). A glossary and index are included. The large format (8 by 10 inches) and the abundance of illustrations in addition to the photos will serve to make this an attractive beginner guide to the garden for all ages. It would be especially helpful if your school is starting a community gardening project on the grounds, because, although the text is aimed at kids, it sounds a bit grownup (though the photos are all kids doing the work). The one drawback is that the seasonal extremes of winter and summer in Britain are not nearly what you find in the US, making some of the descriptions a bit optimistic at best when you factor in extremes that do not appear in the Sceptered Isle such as snow in the Rockies andthe Northeast and summers in the deep South.. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer

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ISBN-13:
9781845072957
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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