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What's In The Garden?

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What's in the Garden? 
by Marianne Berkes (Author), illustrated by Cris Arbo: 32 pages
Publisher: Dawn Publications (CA) 

(an accelerated reader title)

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.

  • "Read ME Agriculture" Program -Maine Agriculture In The Classroom 

  •  Skipping Stones Honor Award

  • Selected for Bank Street's "Best Children's Books Of The Year”

  • Virginia Agriculture In The Classroom - Book Of The Year

  • Teacher's Choice Award (Click to read)

  • 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 

  • Young Voices Foundation IMMY Award - Silver

  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Gold - Non-Fiction Picture Book

  • Gelett Burgess Award (Gardening/Outdoors)

  • NABE - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award - children's interest

  • Mom's Choice Gold Award - Cooking & Food

  • Children's Literary Classics - Gold Award

  • Next Generation Indie Book Award - winner- (Childrens Picture Book)

  • Purple Dragonfly Book Award - Honorable Mention (Children's Picture Book, Ages 6 & Older)

  • Florida Publishers Association -Presidents Award - Finalist (Children's Non-Fiction Category)

  • Living Now Book Awards (Gold Award - Children's Non-Fiction)

"Read ME Agriculture" Program - Maine Agriculture 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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