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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.
· 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582463209
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About 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.

Read an Excerpt

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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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."

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