Our School Garden!

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Readers to Eaters, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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New city. New school. Michael is feeling all alone--until he discovers the school garden! There's so many ways to learn, and so much work to do. Taste a leaf? Mmm, nice and tangy hot. Dig for bugs? "Roly-poly!" he yells. But the garden is much more than activities outdoors: making school garden stone soup, writing Found Poems and solving garden riddles, getting involved in community projects such as Harvest Day, food bank donations, and spring plant sales. Each season creates a new way to learn, explore and make friends.

School librarian and gardener Rick Swann, in his picture book debut, describes the wonder of connecting with nature and the joy of growing and eating one's own harvest. Award-winning artist Christy Hale (Dreaming Up, Elizabeti's Doll series) captures the brilliant color of the season and the harvest. This is the perfect book to read alone, as well as share in the classroom or with the entire family.

Good read for the young gardener. Winner of the Growing Good Kids Book Award from Junior Master Gardener Program and American Horticultural Society, named Food Tanks' "15 Book for Future Foodies," and the Whole Kids Foundation Book Club selection for March 2016.

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About the author (2012)

Rick Swann is a school librarian in Seattle, Washington, where he lives. He has been a gardener since he was four, picking asparagus and blueberries near his childhood home in New England. Now he harvests vegetables with his students from their school garden for the local food bank. Rick has been a presenter at state library conferences and gardening events. This is his first book. Learn more about Rick at www.rickswann.com.

Christy Hale has illustrated many award winning picture books, including Elizabetti's Doll, and its two sequels, Mama Elizabeti and Elizabeti's School. She is also the author/illustrator of The East-West House: Noguchi's Childhood in Japan, named Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. When she is not making books, she's busy making marmalade and lemonade from her grapefruit, orange, and lemon trees at her home in Palo Alto, California. Learn more about Christy at www.christyhale.com.

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