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We Are the Gardeners Hardcover – Picture Book, March 26, 2019
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The trials, tribulations, and joys of gardening are brought to light in this entertaining tale of one family's introduction to caring for indoor plants and using that know-how in a garden, from Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper fame. Beginning with a fern that dies after being over-loved and over-watered, four children and their parents study up on what plants require: light, water, and a bit of conversation. Once they feel ready, the family works together to design a fruit, vegetable, and flower garden. As the plot takes shape, the family gains knowledge about seeds, garden critters--both good (worms and ladybugs) and bad (aphids)--and pollinators, including hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Though the family has some trouble with animals eating their produce, they remember that 'every failure or setback teaches us something.' Delicately detailed and engaging illustrations deftly follow the garden's progress. Packed with useful information in an easy-to-understand format, this will help children, and their adults, who wish to venture into the world of growing some of their own food and flowers.--Booklist
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (March 26, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400314224
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400314225
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : 1 - 2
- Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My point is, we LOVE a great book of any level. But this is not one. While the simple and quaint water-color illustrations are charming and colorful, there is not really anything else to say about it. There is nothing overtly wrong with it, but I don't feel it deserves anything like the accolades it receives here, which were what prompted me to purchase it, and be subsequently disappointed. It reads like a cute little home-school English project to be shared with the grandparents and the co-op, but not a standard on which to spend the money and trees. I might check it out of the library when teaching a write-your-own-book unit to my students to show kids how simple an idea can be -"See? These kids just used their experience planting their garden as a story. I bet you have done lots of things this year that could become a story!" But then I wouldn't expect their books to be published, because there is just far more to a good children's book than a hint at basic narrative and simple pictures. Elegance in simplicity and substance in the telling are currencies not lost on children, even if they cannot articulate what they appreciate or reproduce it. But at the very least, in a book like this one, a cleaner rendering of the rather clumsily-presented "Don't give up" theme might have honed the crude-and-hard-to-grasp point of printing this 'story'.
I would add, because some reviews suggest that this book is an educational tool, it is NOTHING of the sort (unless you want to highlight the illustrations for artistic discussion). I didn't think I was buying a step-by-step science book, but I was hopeful, based on the reviews, that it would contain some helpful information tucked in here and there. (I didn't buy it for that, but it would have been easy to make the book far more educational than it was). Other than some simple inclusions like, insects pollinated their plants or ladybugs ate aphids (-k-1st grade knowledge much more creatively taught in books like Eric Carle's board books), there was nothing else to be gained, and that sort of info didn't really jive with age of the audience. (It's a picture book, but extensively worded for such. It's very hard to say to what age this book would appeal. I have them spread from preschool to college and it doesn't seem to fit anywhere. I would gauge the age to be 2nd-4th grade-ish, not so much for the writing, but for the concept. Too many words and unrelatable for the preschool set, too simplistic and cheesy for anyone much older (I love wholesome, but
wholesome and cheesy aren't the same thing).
This was one of several gardening-themed books I bought for Christmas this year, (both literary: R.L. Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses", "Seeds and Trees", "Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt", and some how-to books) to go with supplies for a fairy terrarium project. "We are the Gardeners" was my least favorite. As far as children's books, the best of the lot (besides R.L. Stevenson's classic poems, of course) was "Up in the Garden and down in the Dirt", which my husband felt had an elegance of expression and movement with which children's authors seldom bother, and I agree. It is a charming walk through a year in Grandma's garden.
There is a lot of garbage being published out there and This book isn't that, by any means. It's just a little too homespun and childish (not to be confused with child-like, which is a great asset to a children's book) and uninteresting in both word and story (and my family loves gardening), to be worth the shelf space in my opinion.
By D. Murphy on March 26, 2019
By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2019
Great job gardeners!!!