Gardening for Kids Book Reviews

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Booklist, February 2010

On Organic Gardening for Kids

After introducing the purpose of organic gardening and the historical use and misuse of chemicals in farming, this practical book presents basic information about soil, sun, and water along with advice on choosing plants and caring for them. Beginning with planting seedlings indoors, Scholl discusses creating a garden and advises readers on dealing with weeds and insect pests. Side-bars carry tips such as how to tell whether the garden soil is clay or sandy, acidic or alkaline. A colorful photo or diagram brightens nearly every page, and though some of the illustrations are mainly decorative, others convey information useful to novice gardeners. Back matter includes lists of source books and recommended readings, a glossary, and detailed instructions for making and maintaining a worm compost bin. Although readers may sometimes wish for more detail, this volume offers useful information for children new to gardening.

SirReadaLot.org, April 1, 2009

On A Backyard Vegetable Garden for Kids

People all around the world enjoy the hobby of gardening. They love planting tiny seeds in the soil and watching them sprout into mature plants. Gardening isn't just for adults, however. Kids can create their own gardens, too.

In this step-by-step guide, young readers will find out how to plan, design, grow, and harvest their own vegetable gardens. Gardening is even more fun when they can eat what they have planted. They learn which are the perfect plants to grow in their area, what tools they will need, and how to prepare a garden plot. They also discover techniques to help their vegetables grow best, such as which plants grow well together and which ones don't. In addition, they are given step-by-step instructions for the best way to plant vegetables, from sowing seeds to harvesting the ripened crop. Limited space? No problem. They can always grow a garden in containers. And while they are tending their vegetable garden plot, they can follow the easy directions for making a hummingbird bath to bring even more life to the backyard.

Children's book author Amie Jane Leavitt is an accomplished author and photographer. According to Leavitt, the first thing anyone should do when starting a new hobby is to take the time to learn all about it. Leavitt says that is why A Backyard Vegetable Garden for Kids was written. Within these pages, readers will discover the basics of vegetable gardening. Leavitt hopes more young people will discover the joys of gardening and gain a desire to care for the earth's precious resources.

This book is part of a new Gardening for Kids series, which provides a hands-on introduction to horticulture for readers in grades 3 through 5. In this series, young readers can join millions of other happy gardeners when they use these books filled with ideas and instructions for designing, growing, and harvesting their own gardens, inspired by the full-color photos of kids making and maintaining their own vegetable gardens.

School Library Journal, November 2008

On the Gardening For Kids Series

All six books have excellent full-color photography and include charts and diagrams to assist in the completion of the projects.

Booklist, October 2008

On A Backyard Vegetable Garden For Kids

Kids interested in growing their own vegetables will find a useful introduction to the essential steps and equipment in this slender entry in the Gardening for Kids series. The enthusiastic text ("What are you waiting for?") guides readers through planning crops and preparing the plot, sowing and planting, and fundamental caretaking before harvest. The broad scope and low page count result in simplified coverage of topics, making this title a basic entry to the subject rather that a one-stop, practical guide. Still, the author includes detailed information, such as how to read a seed packet, and readers will come away with a sense of how a garden is planned, planted, and maintained. A final section about container gardening widens the audience to readers without outdoor space of their own. Valuable reference charts, including a full-page listing of companion plants, enhance the text, as does the glossary and thorough appended resource lists of books, organizations, and Web sites.