- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 580 (What's this?)
- Series: Wild Tales & Garden Thrills (Book 1)
- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: BloominThyme Press (July 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991118294
- ISBN-13: 978-0991118298
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Show Me The Green! (Wild Tales & Garden Thrills) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 1, 2015
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"Although Show Me the Green is clearly a strong 'Let's garden' for country and suburban children, even city dwellers should be inspired by this charming tale of how to grow veggies. With chapter titles like 'Slippery Eggs & Seeds,' 'Wacky Weeds,' 'Shiny Frogs & Flittering Flies,' this is a fun story in itself and an inspiration to children everywhere to grow something from seed." - Blair Bancroft, Author
"Not only were the characters easy to relate to and real, one can learn quite a bit about gardening without feeling like you're reading a textbook. My students commented that they had felt just like Jason and Lexi a few times, and I shared that I had surely felt like the mom, too. Having read many books, I feel strongly about recommending this book to students as well as teachers. Great, well-written children's book!" - Sharon Grier, Teacher
"Finalist in the Children's Fiction category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards"
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From the Author
For several years, I volunteered in my children's school garden where there was never a dull moment to be had between the beds of fruits and vegetables. How could there be? As every gardener knows, there are simply too many exciting things to be found among the leaves and in the dirt, hovering about the blossoms, and soaring in the sky. Gardening is about more than growing a bunch of plants--it's about discovering our relationship with nature, the cycle of life that continues around us, how we fit in, and how we're interconnected. It's amazing once you stop and really take a look. And from what I've learned, kids are some of the best observers.
It was from those observations that I derived the inspiration for this book. At first, my thoughts took the form of blog posts on my website, BloominThyme.com, where I shared our weekly garden visits and experiences. However, it wasn't long before characters started popping into my head with adventures and observations of their own! (I'm a writer and that's how our brains work.) Of course, I had to get these musings out of my mind and onto paper and from there, a book was born.
Ebook version contains beautiful full-color illustrations, courtesy MikeMotz.com, while the print version incorporates the same images, but in black and white format. There is also an Education Edition with organic gardening lessons in the back, available for purchase by schools and libraries.
I hope readers will enjoy reading Show Me the Green! as much as I've enjoyed writing it. It certainly was an adventure...
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This book is a great way to show the kids in your life that gardening can be hard work but also a lot of fun. The author did a good job in showing that with a little supervision from an adult, kids are capable of working on a garden. The story included many helpful tips to gardening which are also included in the back of the book along with some recipes for the food you might grow. I recommend this book for those that are looking for an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy as most children will be motivated to start a garden after reading this book.
I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinions.
It's nice to see that it isn't just Lexi and Jason, but the whole family, their parents and little brother Timmy, get involved as well. And the little jibes between the siblings is funny and so normal. You the reader learn as they grow their crops for the competition, and find that you laugh at their antics sometimes, but you see the valuable lessons they learn about growing a garden. Lexi keeps a journal that really helps to briefly sum up what they do in the garden. New terms are casually introduced as the garden progresses.
The kids learn how to grow their crops organically, they make mistakes, but learn that they also can use their own knowledge when gardening. They also learn that their close friends, who they thought would think they were being “uncool”, get involved in the garden and help out.
There is a small helpful glossary of some of the gardening terms used, and it's nice to have recipes that use the crops that Lexi and Jason grew for the competition.
The judging at the end was suspenseful.
A fun read. Recommend it for kids and adults.
Show Me the Green is a story about children that plant a garden and is an excellent upper grade elementary grade level reader to at a literacy component to a science lesson. It could either be read by the teacher or assigned reading to a unit on growing plants, Earth Day or healthy eating habits or all three combined into a bigger unit. Vocabulary Words are listed at the back and a recipe section is included.