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ISBN10: 0517709902
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Perfect for spring planting season--an outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate.

Alice's family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects.  It's the food chain, right in her own backyard!

While Alice's narrative is simple and engaging, science concepts are presented in more depth in sidebars by a pair of very knowledgeable (and highly amusing) chickens! Noted science writer Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld knows how to layer information to make it accessible to a wide range of readers and useful for educators. And illustrator Priscilla Lamont's funny, friendly paintings make this a garden everyone will want to explore.

Kids will eat up this wonderful book of backyard science—and perhaps they'll even be inspired to eat their vegetables!

"A wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family’s backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. . . . this is bound to spark some backyard explorations." —Kirkus, Starred Review

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"As Alice's family's vegetable garden grows, Alice learns about seeding, sowing, and the web of life. 'Early in spring, Mom planted tomato and green pepper seeds in small pots. She kept them warm indoors by a sunny window. Now her seedlings are ready to go in the garden,' she explains. She converses with her family members via dialogue balloons ('Look at this shiny bug!'), while two highly knowledgeable chickens, Maisy and Daisy, explain concepts like photosynthesis, composting, and food chains. Lamont's pen-and-watercolor art is filled with humorous, cozy, and informative details. This intimate portrait of a single garden points to how all ecosystems are connected. Ages 5 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Perfect for spring planting season--an outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate.

Alice's family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects.  It's the food chain, right in her own backyard!

While Alice's narrative is simple and engaging, science concepts are presented in more depth in sidebars by a pair of very knowledgeable (and highly amusing) chickens! Noted science writer Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld knows how to layer information to make it accessible to a wide range of readers and useful for educators. And illustrator Priscilla Lamont's funny, friendly paintings make this a garden everyone will want to explore.

Kids will eat up this wonderful book of backyard science—and perhaps they'll even be inspired to eat their vegetables!

About the Author

KATHLEEN WEIDNER ZOEHFELD was a children's book editor for more than 10 years before becoming a full-time writer. She has published more than 60 books for children, most about animals and natural history.

PRISCILLA LAMONT has illustrated dozens of books, including the Animal Rescue Team books by Sue Stauffacher, and Goose and Duck by Jean Craighead George. Whether drawing human or animal characters, Priscilla always likes to include some humor.

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Michael Barton, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Michael Barton)
Perhaps there is no better place to learn about nature than one’s own backyard. This is one of the takeaways from Secrets of the Garden, a charmingly illustrated romp through a family’s backyard garden. Author Kathleen Zoehfeld leads the young reader through the process of starting, caring for and cultivating a garden, while interweaving throughout information about the relationships between the plants and various animals that make Alice, Pete and their parents’ backyard their home. That these are “secrets” of the garden implies that it is a place for children to explore and discover. The book covers ecology, the seasonal cycle, food chains and food webs, the different parts of vegetables we eat, composting, how people are part of it all and sharing a summer home (the garden) with animal neighbors. Along the way, to help the reader discover the world of gardening are two chickens, providing additional information about the topic being discussed on that page. Warmly illustrated by Priscilla Lamont, Secrets of the Garden is a wonderful introduction to gardening for young kids and a great story to encourage gardening as a family activity.

This review was originally done for The Portland Book Review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780517709900
Author:
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:
Zoehfeld, Kathleen W.
Author:
Lamont, Priscilla
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Subject:
Childrens Science
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
food chains;science
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
W/SELF ENDS
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8.26 x 10.38 x 0.37 in 0.745 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As Alice's family's vegetable garden grows, Alice learns about seeding, sowing, and the web of life. 'Early in spring, Mom planted tomato and green pepper seeds in small pots. She kept them warm indoors by a sunny window. Now her seedlings are ready to go in the garden,' she explains. She converses with her family members via dialogue balloons ('Look at this shiny bug!'), while two highly knowledgeable chickens, Maisy and Daisy, explain concepts like photosynthesis, composting, and food chains. Lamont's pen-and-watercolor art is filled with humorous, cozy, and informative details. This intimate portrait of a single garden points to how all ecosystems are connected. Ages 5 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Perfect for spring planting season--an outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate.

Alice's family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects.  It's the food chain, right in her own backyard!

While Alice's narrative is simple and engaging, science concepts are presented in more depth in sidebars by a pair of very knowledgeable (and highly amusing) chickens! Noted science writer Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld knows how to layer information to make it accessible to a wide range of readers and useful for educators. And illustrator Priscilla Lamont's funny, friendly paintings make this a garden everyone will want to explore.

Kids will eat up this wonderful book of backyard science—and perhaps they'll even be inspired to eat their vegetables!

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