What's in the Garden

What's in the Garden?
by Marianne Berkes (Author), illustrated by Cris Arbo: 32 pages
Publisher: Dawn Publications (CA)
Good food doesn't begin on a store shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds, smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know where they come from.
So what s in the garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty, kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating.
A food for thought section presents interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable, and a how does your garden grow? section explains facts about gardening and the parts of plants.

Paperback ISBN-10: 1584691891 . . . . . amazon order link

Hardcover ISBN-13:978-1584691891 . . .amazon order link



What's in the Garden?


"Read ME Agriculture" Program - Maine Ag In The Classroom - 2017.

- From School Library Journal: - 
"Rhythmic poetry gives one-page clues that answer the title question.... Very, very close-up, realistic illustrations show children thoroughly enjoying the garden's bounty-saliva drips onto an apple being crunched, lettuce sticks out of an African American boy's teeth, broccoli drenched in dip fills the mouth of an Asian American boy. There's a recipe for each fruit or vegetable-e.g., garlic mashed potatoes, blueberry pie, and ants on a log.... Four pages for adults are filled with ideas for using the book with children."

- Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA, Copyright 2013, Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.

- From Booklist: -
"The predictable answer to the title question? Fruits and vegetables! This attractive introduction to 12 edible plants is intended to stimulate healthy eating among kids. A four-line rhyme poses a question, and the next page provides the answer along with a boxed recipe and an illustration of a child preparing or eating it. For example: “It’s usually brown, way down in the soil. / You scrub it to bake it, or peel it to boil. / It doesn’t have ears, but does have eyes— / It’s really a favorite when mashed or as ‘fries.’” . . . The realistic, brightly colored paintings depict multicultural children (many missing baby teeth) and use icons for each ingredient. Safety cautions start with the section titled "Lets Get Cookin’" and pick up with the books last two lines: “Try the recipes in this book, / And with a grownup start to cook.” . . . Grades K-3.
- Julie Cummins



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    2014 - Skipping Stones Honor Award
2014- Selected for Bank Street's "Best Children's Books Of The Year”
2014 - Virginia Agriculture In The Classroom - Book Of The Year
2014 Teacher's Choice Award (Click to read)
2014- Learning Magazine - Teacher's Choice Award
The American Horticultural Society and the National Junior Master Gardener Program’s -
- Growing Good Kids - Excellence In Children’s Literature Award - 2014
2013 - Young Voices Foundation IMMY Award - Silver
2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Gold - Non-Fiction Picture Book
2013 Gelett Burgess Award (Gardening/Outdoors)
2013 NABE - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - children's interest
2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award - Cooking & Food
2013 - Children's Literary Classics - Gold Award
2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award - winner- (Childrens Picture Book)
2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award - Honorable Mention (Children's Picture Book, Ages 6 & Older)
2013 -Florida Publishers Association -Presidents Award - Finalist (Children's Non-Fiction Category)
2013- Living Now Book Awards (Gold Award - Children's Non-Fiction)

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