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How Groundhog's Garden Grew Hardcover – February 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439323711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439323710
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-An entertaining, creative story that's loaded with information. When hungry Little Groundhog tries to eat some vegetables out of Squirrel's garden, kind Squirrel takes him under his proverbial wing and shows him how to plant his own veggies to share with the entire animal community. Cherry intertwines the facts and vocabulary of gardening into a believable plot that will keep children reading, and her illustrations are well planned to combine with the text in an unusual way. Expansive spreads showing the animals tending their plots alternate with smaller, framed art. These smaller pictures are surrounded by clearly labeled pictures of various plants at different stages and other related objects. The detailed art continues on the endpapers, where readers can trace the growing cycle of many vegetables. This charming story teaches children about the interplay among all living things, and the good feeling that comes with community participation and sharing.
Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 3. Little Groundhog loves eating from the neighbor's vegetable garden--maybe too much. Perhaps it's time he planted his own garden and, fortunately, Squirrel is willing to show him how. The two animals collect seeds, store them, and after winter hibernation and spring thaw, plant and tend them. By summer, Little Groundhog is joyfully harvesting and eating what they sowed. And such a plentiful harvest calls for sharing, bringing a wonderful Thanksgiving feast for all to enjoy. In simple, descriptive language, Cherry, author of The Great Kapok Tree (1990), tells a charming and also informative story about plants, gardening, and environmental respect. Her beautiful, full-color illustrations--realistic and wonderfully detailed--often incorporate spot-art borders of labeled seedlings and plants, highlighting a diverse array of wildlife. In an author's note, Cherry describes her own gardening experiences and suggests a few resources for information. Little Groundhog is an endearing character whose awe in the miracle of growth is irresistible; by the close of the story, he has learned the rewards and joy of gardening, as well as the pleasures of friendship and giving. Shelle Rosenfeld
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Somerlot Bittel on February 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My three year old and I are planning a garden and this book has been an excellent companion to the process. Cherry does a great job of explaining how to create a garden through this story. In it Squirrel teaches Groundhog how to grow his own vegetables so he has things to eat. Cherry also includes a note to parents at the end that gives website information for more on gardening with children.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Lynne Cherry's How Groundhogs Garden Grew may require parental assistance but kids with some prior picturebook skills will relish this story of a little groundhog who loves to eat the vegetables in his neighbor's garden. The cycle of a gardening year is told within the structure of a warm picturebook tale of animal friends, and the drawings are especially engaging.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sue on February 1, 2003
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This is a wonderful book, bound to be a classic. Would appeal to any children, but especially those involved in starting a vegetable garden.
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Precious Book - really well done and we loved it

It was a gift and we love this book. The illustrations are so well done, and it is full of step by step lessons on gardening, which introduce a child to gardening in a way that is so delightful for them.... through a fun and colorful story.

There is also a lesson in the story too. Mr Groundhog has been sneaking over to another animal's garden (Mrs Bunny) and helping himself (coveting/stealing the harvest). Yet instead of getting angry at the groundhog, the bunny in a very forgiving manner, tells him it is not right to do and offers to teach him how to Garden. How precious.

The bunny then takes the groundhog on a step-by-step adventure to prepare and plant his own garden. This is where it is really wonderful too, because if you are familiar with gardening, you will see wonderful truths and gardening skills throughout the story. So the child is enjoying a story, learning gardening skills and tips, wowed by all the wonderful and really well done colorful illustrations ... AND they are learning a good godly lesson.

I adored the book and so did our kids.

Hope that helps and enjoy :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Duvall VINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
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I got this because my daughters knidergarten teacher gave this as summer homework before the school year started. This book is great. Simple, to the point. Loves reading it over and over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nonfiction on June 26, 2009
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Wonderful illustrations of seeds, sprouts, plants and vegetables and plenty of cute animals to engage young readers. This has been a frequently requested book by my three year old. We are growing a garden and got this to give him a better understanding of gardening since watching plants grow is only so fascinating when you are 3. The author is clearly very knowledgable and passionate about gardening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace G. on December 30, 2008
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My kids and I love this book! I have a 3 year old and 6 year old who both have decided this is their favorite book right now. It is a really cute story that teaches manners, growing, seasons, and even a bit about the lives of plants and animals.

The beautiful illustrations are lush and colorful and help to hold the attention of a child of any age. I highly recommend this book!! What a pleasant surprise. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on November 1, 2008
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The book features very colorful, realistic pictures of groundhog and his friends. They chide him for taking someone's vegetables and then help him gather seeds to plant his own garden. The two-page spreads (showing the progression of the simple story) are set off by borders filled with various plants and seeds.
The story follows the seasons as some of the animals hibernate under the snow. In the spring the animals plant potato sprouts and other root crops, then perennials. The book even explains transplanting to relieve overcrowding of seedlings.
The wren and praying mantis help out with garden pests and there's information on pollination. The artwork and story mesh well to present all the information in story form for preschool children.
The book ends with a harvest dinner that all the animal friends share.
A great book to use at home or in a school setting to introduce gardening and the seasons and teamwork.
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