In my part of the world, warm weather has taken the place of the extreme cold of winter and early spring. Jack Frost has packed his icy bags for a long vacation. Spring is here, and summer is not too far behind. It’s time for planting gardens!
Fresh vegetables are a boon to everyone’s health. Crunchy radishes, long green beans, juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce leaves – all this can be yours. A little plot of land or a few dirt-filled buckets will do. Get the family together and plant those seeds, nurture them, and watch them grow.
While you’re waiting for your veggie delight, here’s a great book to share.
A little girl helps her mother in the garden as they water, weed, and chase rabbits away. But the little girl has her own ideas of what she would like in a garden. She imagines a weedless garden with flowers that change color and patterns, chocolate rabbits, a jelly bean bush, and all kinds of possibilities that only a child could dream up. Henkes’ text and colorful spring illustrations will make even the biggest skeptic a believer in garden possibilities. This is a perfect book to plant the seeds of creativity in your children.
If you choose a flower garden over a vegetable garden, here’s another great book.
Lois Ehlert’s colorful collages and simple text help children understand the step-by-step process of planting a flower garden. With special care, you’ll soon have a rainbow at your fingertips.
And one more …
There are many different types of gardens. Mrs. Spitzer’s garden happens to be the students in her classroom. She knows just how to plant the seeds of knowledge in children to make them blossom. Young readers will love Tusa’s delightful illustrations and Mrs. Spitzer’s unusual gardening techniques.