The Blackberry Patch is an exhilarating, step-by-step journey into the beautiful, lush haven of blackberries! Using all five senses, join author Gina McKnight D'Andrea on a hazardous quest through brambles and swarming varmints to find the ultimate blackberry patch for a delicious, natural treat. Readers of all ages will get lost in The Blackberry Patch. Gina McKnight D'Andrea began writing at an early age, encouraged by her parents, siblings, and teachers. Living near the Appalachian Mountains with her family inspires Gina to help children encounter the beauty of God's world through outdoor adventure.
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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In The Blackberry Patch by Gina McKnight, picking wild blackberries is a very rewarding experience but the process is not all fun and games. That is why, before heading into the forest for the berries, one needs to wear protective gear and get all slathered up in the not so pleasant smelling insect repellent to keep away mosquitoes and other such dangers. So all geared up, the narrator of The Blackberry Patch is ready for the densely mosquito-infested plot of land where the most succulent of blackberries grow. Despite the needed precautions and potential dangers, the narrator truly enjoys the picking process and loses herself in nature's beauty and its various wonderful surprises until the sound of a train whistling by brings her back to the reality of life outside the forest. The Blackberry Patch by Gina McKnight is a fun and exciting way for kids to learn about the process of picking wild blackberries from the start to the end. They will learn about the preparation and protection needed, the dangers and challenges that might be encountered, and the beauty to be expected during the process. What really did win me over above all was the near poetic way in which the words of the story were delivered, making it even more fantastic to read. Gina McKnight kept The Blackberry Patch short and sweet, delivering such an exciting read on pages so few and with words so minimal. Through all the preparations, precautions and potential dangers, there is an unmistakable excitement in the narrator's voice as she looks forward to the reward that she will be enjoying at the end of it all. It is a really amazing and exciting read.
Senses come alive and you feel like you have actually been in the blackberry patch! Wonderful illustrations and descriptive content. A good read for all children and adults who remember (and still) picking blackberries.