- Age Range: 4 - 10 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 5
- Series: Gardening together with children
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1st edition (May 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761110569
- ISBN-13: 978-0761110569
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children Paperback – May 1, 1999
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Green thumbs and non-green thumbs alike will fall in love with Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, a remarkably fun and informative introduction to the wonderful world of gardening--and more specifically, gardening with children. Learn how to make everything from a pizza garden (pizza-pie-shaped, with herbs and vegetables for a fabulous pizza at harvest time), to a sunflower house (a secret hideaway with stately sunflowers and lovely creeping morning glories), to a moon garden ("Fragrance is the color of night"). Chock full of helpful hints, clever and artistic touches, and intriguing "recipes" (Moth Broth and Compost Sandwich, to name a few), this idea book will spark creativity and a lifelong fascination with gardening. Nine concepts for theme gardens are presented in a clearly defined yet non-rigid manner that is just right for encouraging young gardeners. Sharon Lovejoy, award-winning author and illustrator of several gardening books, including Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart, has a true knack for working with all kinds of living things, including children. She understands how quickly young people will be turned off by inflexible rules, and instead encourages budding green thumbs to experiment and explore, while providing them with useful guidelines and helpful information. Wonderfully earthy watercolors make this cozy book even more welcoming. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-A compact treasury of gardening lore, tips, and ideas for adults to share with children. What sets it apart from other how-to books on the subject is Lovejoy's artistic, whimsical, holistic approach. She gives guidelines and instructions for a backyard moon garden that attracts night creatures, thematic suggestions for a pizza garden and a pumpkin patch, and includes the smallest of gardens in a discarded glove or boot. The author's list of top 20 plants for kids will get youngsters and their parents raring to dig. While some of the recommended plants are unusual, a generous resource list complete with addresses, phone numbers, and Web sites should make ordering easy. Other novel, thrifty advice includes how to harvest seeds and how to make your own seed tape with toilet paper, flour paste, and seeds. The sunny illustrations, informative sidebars, and nuggets of wisdom illuminate the text. Readers can almost picture Mother Nature leaning over Lovejoy's shoulder advising: "Don't forget herbal remedies" (she doesn't) or "Do include craft ideas" (she does-from a prosaic worm box to fanciful dream pillows).
Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Childhood OUTDOOR FUN
There are guidelines and instructions on how to create different types of gardens (PIZZA garden, MOON garden, pumpkin patch) -- these themes are great fun.
Creatively written and easy to understand even if you have no gardening experience
Economical advice like how to make your own seed tape and seed saving
Hints on the 20 best plants for children
Sadly, I live in one of those modern suburban neighborhoods with postage stamp sized yards, but there is a very inventive chapter on container gardening that inspired me to look for unusual containers for plants, such as boots and hats. And I've been able to use elements of her garden plans, such as sunflower houses and moonflower poles, in various corners of my yard.
This beautifully illustrated book (hand painted drawings) is very child-friendly, with passages that exhort your child to "Snuggle up inside your moonflower tent and wait for the night. Close your eyes, listen to the insects tune up for their evening conert, and inhale the aromas of the opening flowers.", and "Nibble tiny corn ears and alpine strawberries small enough for fairies to eat."
I do wish a little bit more attention had been paid to pests though. We had a problem with squirrels chewing off our sunflower heads (we planted too close to the fence -- very disappointing to the kids!), birds eating our strawberries (we used netting next time), and deer sampling just about anything I put in the front yard. Experience is a good teacher, but perhaps an appendix with a heads-up about strategies for protecting beloved plants would have been nice...
Activities To Do in the Garden
by Sharon Lovejoy
In anticipation of warmer months, this is a book I recommend for anyone with kids and room for a garden of some sort.
Sections are organized into activities for planning and building fun gardens full of imagination, play, and of course food! Theme gardens like living Sunflower Houses and delicious Pizza Patches appeal to basics children already love. Some of the results also have crafts involved, like harvesting certain types of gourds to make bowls or birdhouses. (Even a loofa for Mom!)
This book is not just your average kid or grownup garden book. One whole chapter is dedicated to creating a Moon Garden! This garden or part of your garden that comes to life when the sun and other plants go to sleep. How wonderful that an activity like gardening, that already brings a family together, can also teach science and help kids to understand that the world is active and very much alive even after we ourselves go to sleep.
What I love best are the ideas in this book. Even if you don't have the most enormous yard, you can take the concepts and scale them down or invent your own outdoor space with it.
Every page of Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots comes to life with warmly colored pages, gorgeous hand painted illustrations, and inspiring, easy to follow directions and recipes for family fun in the sun.
The book is attractive, informative, and inspiring. I so want to start several of these projects that I've torn out a favorite pinon tree and cleared a huge garden area to be able to add these to my regular vegetable garden. Well worth owning.