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K-Gr 2-Rhythmic poetry gives one-page clues that answer the title question. "It's round. It's tiny. It grows on a bush./When made into sauce, it turns to a mush./This fabulous fruit can be used as a dye,/And is really yummy in muffins and pie." The fresh fruits and vegetables revealed by turning the page are celebrated in vibrant full-color illustrations. Birds and insects also populate these gardens-a slug on celery leaves, a ladybug alighting on a tomato stem in pursuit of aphids, and a crow circling corn plants. Very, very close-up, realistic illustrations show children thoroughly enjoying the garden's bounty-saliva drips onto an apple being crunched, lettuce sticks out of an African American boy's teeth, broccoli drenched in dip fills the mouth of an Asian American boy. There's a recipe for each fruit or vegetable-e.g., garlic mashed potatoes, blueberry pie, and ants on a log. Less-than-precise editing mars some of the recipes, e.g., four cups of peeled potatoes probably should be four potatoes; roasting pumpkin seeds is a lot messier than the recipe lets on, as is creating a lattice top on the blueberry pie. Better editing would also have caught the missing apostrophe in the carrot poem. Four pages for adults are filled with ideas for using the book with children.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The predictable answer to the title question? Fruits and vegetables! This attractive introduction to 12 edible plants is intended to stimulate healthy eating among kids. A four-line rhyme poses a question, and the next page provides the answer along with a boxed recipe and an illustration of a child preparing or eating it. For example: “It’s usually brown, way down in the soil. / You scrub it to bake it, or peel it to boil. / It doesn’t have ears, but does have eyes— / It’s really a favorite when mashed or as ‘fries.’” (The recipe that follows is for Garlic Mashed Potatoes.) The realistic, brightly colored paintings depict multicultural children (many missing baby teeth) and use icons for each ingredient. Safety cautions start with the section titled Lets Get Cookin and pick up with the books last two lines: “Try the recipes in this book, / And with a grownup start to cook.” The rhythm in some poems is a bit bumpy, and there is a misuse of the word its. Despite these blips, this should be useful in the classroom as well as at home. Grades K-3. --Julie Cummins --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584691891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584691891
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,904,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic and now is the best time to get your copy. You can teach your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews how to start their very own garden

Large and colorfully illustrated pictures are found on each of the 32 pages plus some wonderful recipes that are geared for children so they might actually enjoy their fruits and vegetables.
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If you want a fun way to get your kids to eat their vegetables, Marianne's latest book is the solution. The intriguing poems and recipes, along with the illustrations of other kids they can relate to, will encourage your kids to eat their veggies. You'll enjoy reading this book and trying out the easy to follow recipes. And then, as usual, there's a wealth of info in the back that shows that learning can be fun if you follow Marianne's way!
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Well, what great timing for us! I am a media specialist in an elementary school and we just planted a garden! Then along comes this book...so cool. We are having a parents night tomorrow and ordered a book for every family coming. I think this is a great book to give to families because not only does it deal with a garden but addresses so many other things as well.

Marianne seems to love rhyming in her books and this one doesn't disappoint. Readers can play a guessing game as to what the vegetable is that is being described, then turn the page to find the answer and a recipe using that vegetable! Each illustration has a close up of leaves and very often an insect or bird. In the back of the book there is information about what a plant really needs, including pollinators...and she asks readers to find them in the book:) Also found on the final pages is a wealth of information including a brief history of each plant, cooking basics, plant parts, and extended reading list.

For educators clamoring for Common Core sources this book can address many of the standards on its own. For parents craving some fun book to help them encourage their children to eat healthy, this book is a gem.

Add this title to your collection whether it is in a home or school.

I feel inspired to start a garden at home!
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I just received Marianne Berkes's new book, What's in the Garden? and could not be more pleased. I didn't think she could top her "Over in the..." series, but she has! The cadence of the riddles pulls you right in and it is so much fun to guess the plant that is being described. The recipes are not only child friendly, but will appeal to adults as well. As usual, Marianne has provided a wealth of helpful information and resources at the end of the book. Cris Arbo's beautiful full color illustrations make this book a stand out. I particularly appreciate the diverse ethnicities of the children pictured. I plan to use What's in the Garden for library story time along with Henry Cole's Jack's Garden and Lois Ehlert's Eating the Alphabet. I highly recommend this book to parents who want to encourage their children towards healthy eating and consider it a "must purchase" for any children's library. I agree with the publisher's recommended reading level--ages 3 - 8. --Judy Houser, Librarian, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, Florida
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Common Core, the new buzzword in education, stresses the importance of reading nonfiction. Marianne Berkes is right on target with all of her books, beautiful blends of story and information. Her newest What's in the Garden, takes the reader through a garden of information, intruducing children to an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. With childhood obesity, an ever challenging problem; children, teachers and parents are presented with the fact that healthy eating is an available choice. The riddle format of the book encourages higher order thinking skills. Recipes found on every page can be turned into math lessons or lessons in following directions. As with all of her books,a wealth of information is found in the back, parts of a plant,how do plants grow, what do they need,and cooking terms. This is a marvelous book, like peeling back layers of rind to uncover the delicious information found within. Vibrant illustrations accompany the text and make this book a must have in a young child's library.
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This book lends itself to so many academic areas. Of course it is a wonderful supplemental to a science unit on plants. It can be incorporated in a health unit for encouraging students to try new vegetables (for some students, this will introduce vegetables to them). This book is great for demonstrating fractions in the real world because there are many recipes which include fractions. Don't overlook this book as a reading/language arts resource book as it has rhyme, descriptive writing, and my favorite-inference! I read the clues and the children tried to infer what vegetable/fruit I was reading about. Then I'd turn the page and they would discover the coorect answer. We were able to discern any errors. This is a great discussion book, but more importantly, a high-interest book which the children are reading over and over again. Get it for your classroom collection today! You won't be disappointed.
Diane Conkel, 3rd grade teacher
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