Monday, February 28, 2011

Non-Fiction Monday: Watch me Grow!

It's almost time for planting season and though a lot of books focus on gardening for kids, few use their pages to talk about urban gardening. Be sure to add this one to your collection! 

Using lots of bright photographs, this one divides the concept of urban gardening into 4 easy-to-understand sections: growing, sharing, eating, and caring. We learn about all the different parts of a city that we can create gardens in, how we can raise chickens, and even run bee hives in small spaces. If my husband wasn't terrified of bees I would totally have a hive in our backyard. Love me some honey!

The photographs are fantastic for showcasing what the text is conveying and kids can just flip through the book as an introduction to local and city farming. This would be a fantastic teacher resource, as would the companion book Up We Grow, a look into local farming, which I reviewed a few months ago. 

Be sure to check this out if you're planning on planting a garden with your kids or just to expand their thoughts on how food is grown. 

Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City
Deborah Hodge
32 pages
Kids Can Press
February 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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