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First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew Hardcover – April 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547482248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547482248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The White House kitchen garden, part of Michelle Obama’s campaign to encourage healthful eating, was established in 2009. This book tells the story of Mrs. Obama’s garden, as well as the story of the White House grounds, the other gardens (including Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden in World War II) that came before, the White House children who have played there, and the teamwork, involving local children as well as the Obama family and White House staff, that led to the garden now flourishing on the South Lawn. This is a lighthearted, entertaining, and lavishly illustrated introduction to an inspiring and much-publicized project. Includes recipes.




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I use a lot of picture reference for my drawings. For John Adams I found portraits of him in biographies in the public library.

I began with one posture and developed the pose, adding the vegetables in John’s hand which started to tell the story I wished to tell in First Garden.

I didn’t feel that pose in the first drawing was dynamic enough so I found a picture of a statue of Adams which had the energy I wanted to portray.



I added a head based on the earlier book reference and after multiple sketches I felt satisfied with the tone of the drawing.

The final painting of President Adams placed with other elements, similarly created, completes the composition.


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"The foreword by Alice Waters, restaurateur and founder of the Edible Schoolyard program, may draw adults to the book, but Gourley’s clear, focused writing and lively illustrations will keep children engaged. A fine choice for introducing to children to the rewards of gardening at home or at school."—Booklist, starred review

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I loved reading this book to my daughter.
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Ms Gourley's beautiful watercolor illustrations are also a delight for the eye.
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I would recommend this book for children and adults.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By andy on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved reading this book to my daughter. The recipes were pathetic, especially "Creamy Salsa Dip" 1 jar salsa is the first ingredient. I book highlighting the importance of growing your own vegetables should give a recipe for a simple salsa using ingredients that most small gardens would/should have. There are only a few recipes in the back, and the main point of the book is great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jones on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First Garden is a wonderful taste of a very special garden. The book entertains as much as it informs. Not only about the importance of growing and eating fresh vegetables and fruits, it contains tidbits about some of our presidents and their gardens past and present. Because First Garden works so well on several levels, it makes as good a read for adults as it is for children. Ms Gourley's beautiful watercolor illustrations are also a delight for the eye. This book is an ideal gift for anyone age 3-103.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blue Butterfly on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really loved this book! It is not "dumbed down". It gets your creative juices flowing, encouraging readers of all ages to grow some food, tool around local gardens, develop some recipes, and just have some fun fueling our bodies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shopper on May 31, 2011
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A beautiful book! Any way to introduce gardening and healthy eating to children must please the Obamas. It pleases me!
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