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How Does Your Garden Grow?: A Garden Dozen.
--selected by Cindy Welch, Reviewer
As April showers begin to bring May flowers, we offer you a bouquet of thirteen titles related to gardening: from the ABCs of a gardener’s world, to victory gardens of World War II, to lifecycles of sunflowers and pumpkins. What beauties does your library garden hold?
- Azarian, Mary. Gardener's Alphabet; written and illus. by Mary Azarian. Houghton, 2000. 5-8 yrs.
Colorful woodcuts illustrate elements of a gardener's world, from arbor to zucchini. (BCCB 9/00)
- Boyden, Linda. Blue Roses; illus. by Amy Córdova. Lee & Low, 2002. Gr. 2-4
Rosalie's grandfather, who taught her about gardening from the day she was born and who has recently died, sends her a message expressed in impossible blue roses. (BCCB 9/02)
- Coy, John. Two Old Potatoes and Me; illus. by Carolyn Fisher. Knopf, 2003. 5-8 yrs
An African-American father and daughter learn about growth and change as they plant their first potato patch. (BCCB 10/03)
- Fleming, Candace. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; illus. by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz/Atheneum, 2002. 4-7 yrs
Mr. McGreely's garden is invaded by an inventive trio of bunnies that find a way to get past every fence he builds. (BCCB 3/02)
- Gliori, Debi. Flora's Surprise!; written and illus. by Debi Gliori. Orchard, 2003. 4-7 yrs
Flora is the youngest member of a family of rabbits who love to garden and, when she plants a brick, everyone is surprised when it really does grow into a house. (BCCB 3/03)
- Kochenderfer, Lee. Victory Garden. Delacorte, 2002. Gr. 5-7
Victory gardens provided food for the table during World War II shortages, but young Teresa discovers they helped friends and neighbors overcome emotional troubles, too. (BCCB 3/02)
- McKy, Katie. Pumpkin Town!: Or, Nothing is Better and Worse Than Pumpkins; illus. by Pablo Bernasconi. Houghton, 2006. 5-8 yrs
When a stray breeze carries loose pumpkin seeds down onto a dusty little town, five young farmers must rescue the town from pumpkins gone wild. (BCCB 10/06)
- O'Malley, Kevin. Bud; written and illus. by Kevin O'Malley. Walker, 2000. 5-8 yrs
Bud, the untidy son of a very tidy rhinoceros couple, plants a riotous garden that helps him bond with his extremely orderly grandfather. (BCCB 6/00)
- Quattlebaum, Mary. Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop. Delacorte, 2004. Gr. 3-7
Young African-American Jackson Jones, who learned to garden in Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns (BCCB 3/94), must stop a powerful developer who plans to bulldoze the community gardens Jackson has come to love. (BCCB 9/04)
- Robbins, Ken. Pumpkins; written and illus. by Ken Robbins. Porter/Roaring Brook, 2006. 3-7 yrs
A photographic look at the lifecycle of pumpkins, from just planted to jack-o’-lanterns. (BCCB 9/06)
- Schaeffer, Lola M. This is the Sunflower; illus. by Donald Crews. Greenwillow, 2000. 3-6 yrs
This lifecycle book uses the cadence and structure of "This is the House That Jack Built" to describe how sunflowers grow. (BCCB 5/00)
- Snyder, Midori. Hannah's Garden. Viking, 2002. Gr. 7-10
Seventeen-year-old Hannah and her mother return to the family farm, not realizing that the spiral garden planted by her grandmother has become a fairy folk war zone. (BCCB 2/03)
- Wallace, Karen. Scarlette Beane; illus. by Jon Berkeley. Dial, 2000. 4-8 yrs
Scarlette Beane, born with fingertips that glow "like green light,” grows a unique new home for her mom and dad. (BCCB 3/00)
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