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  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jo MacDonald
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584691646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584691648
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quattlebaum and Bryant follow up their successful Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond (2011) with new lyrics to the same song, while keeping the nature focus. This time, Jo MacDonald and her cousin Mike make a garden. From digging the earth and planting the seeds, to watering, harvesting and enjoying the fruits of their labors, the two care for their garden habitat and the animals that visit it. Readers can tend their own imaginary gardens along with the pair, as the illustrations and text suggest motions to accompany the familiar tune. Careful observers can track the new plants and animals that arrive with each page turn and read more about them in the backmatter, which also includes some garden facts and tips, comprehension questions, activity extension ideas and a list of resources for gardening information specifically geared toward children. Bryant s watercolors reflect a childlike enthusiasm. . . This is likely to be a popular spring and garden story time choice. --Kirkus Reviews (January 2012)

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It's a bedtime favorite at our household.
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Kids will learn how earthworms are a gardener's best friend or how toads eat pesky insects that can harm the plants.
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The illustrations are uplifting and beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean on May 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Excellent book to read to preschoolers. There are so many interesting and some subtle things on every page. Well written and illustrated to keep a child wanting to read again and again. The story follows the song of Old MacDonald Had a Farm but has a surprise in the middle which preschoolers love. The illustrations are uplifting and beautiful. I love how the book brings the reader full circle in the garden cycle.

Another wonderful book is Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by the same author which introduces who Jo MacDonald is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Supera710 on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book! I was trying to come up with a way to get my 3 yr old interested in helping me plant some veggies and flowers, and I believe this book piqued her interest more than if I would've just brought the idea up on my own! She of course knows the song, and now sings it every time we check on our "harvest" . I need to find more books like this!
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Format: Hardcover
If you had a garden, what would you plant in it? Or if you do have one, what do you plant? First, we all know that "Old MacDonald had a farm." Then we found out that on this farm his granddaughter Jo MacDonald Saw Pond. Now, Jo plants, tends, and harvests a garden on her grandfather's farm, with help from her cousin Mike. So Mary Quattlebaum's cute text, following the rhythm and tune of the well-known song, and Laura J. Bryant's adorable water-color illustrations which accompany it, will acquaint youngsters with all the elements of a successful garden, including sunshine, soil, worms, seeds, water, birds, and rain, as well as the bountiful results.
So, what did Jo plant in her garden and what will she reap? Many people have found gardening to be a pleasurable activity for a number of reasons, whether they have a big farm garden or a small city garden. It gets one outdoors and provides some good exercise. Furthermore, home grown food is tastier and more nutritious than store-bought produce, and it saves money too. The back pages of the book increase the educational experience of the reader by giving more information about the garden community, sharing some indoor activities that will enable children to enjoy garden-related fun year round, explaining how to be a gardener like Jo, and providing resources for helping young gardeners. There are also additional downloadable activities for this and all other Dawn Publication books at their website.
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Format: Hardcover
Planting a garden can provide food for people and animals. Birds, insects and other creatures can settle down in a safe Eco-friendly environment that children can be proud of. Children will also love watching their newly planted garden sprout to life. Children can read along and sing a song to the tune of "Old McDonald Had A Farm" with Jo, the granddaughter of Old McDonald, and her friend. Young readers and parents too, will clap their hands and tap their toes while watching the progress of the garden appear from one page to the next. Jo and her friend plant radishes, lettuce, sunflowers and summer squash. They water and till the soil and watch their garden grow and grow. "And in that garden flew a bird, E-I-E-I-O. With a flit-flit here and a flit-flit there, here a flit, there a flit, everywhere a flit-flit. Jo MacDonald had a garden, E-I-E-I-O." Quattlebaum has created a fun way to teach children about gardening. Soft pastel illustrations truly invite young readers along to plant, sing and learn about gardens. The back of the book offers information about community gardening. Kids will learn how earthworms are a gardener's best friend or how toads eat pesky insects that can harm the plants. Also included are indoor activities, how to be a beginning gardener and website resources that will help readers choose and cultivate the most suitable seeds and plants.
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