Saturday, February 18, 2012
Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Have you ever had a garden? Have you shared your knowledge of how nature works with your children?
Alfred A Knopf sent me a copy of this picture book for review (thank you). It has been published and you can pick it up at your local bookstore.
I grew up with gardens (and the assorted bugs they attract) and learned at early age how to pick out the weeds, when to water the plants, and when to harvest them. If your child hasn't made this connection to earth yet, this is an excellent book to teach them about nature.
Ms. Lamont's illustrations are peaceful and pastel and express the comfort of a garden. Ms. Zoehfeld's text is succinct and to the point, teaching children about the food chains in the garden and what the plants need to grow.
Why not read this book and practice what you've learned by creating your own small garden? If you don't have room for a garden, get a couple of big pots and plant a few seeds in them. It's important that children learn to respect the earth they live on. And homegrown vegetables always taste better.