Friday, June 21, 2013
What's in the Garden?
by Marianne Berkes; illus. by Chris Arbo
32 pages, ages 3-8
Dawn Publications, 2013
"Delicious, nutritious, what could it be?" The first page features that important question and an illustration of a bird singing in a tree, pink blossoms blooming all around. Flip the page and you see it's an apple - complete with directions for how to make applesauce.
There's lettuce, carrots, cukes, onions and more - each with a recipe for something a child can help prepare. Illustrations feature beneficial insects - ladybugs and bees - as well as potato beetles and other pesky insects that nibble our veggies for lunch.
Four pages of back matter include "Food for Though" which tells a bit more about each of the fruits and vegetables. "How does your Garden Grow?" lists what plants need (light, air, water... just for starters) and clears up the question: is a tomato a fruit? You can learn about plant parts, cooking terms, and find a list of garden songs to sing while you pull weeds.
I can't think of a better place to be on the solstice than in a garden! This post is part of STEM Friday round-up. Review copy provided by publisher.