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Kids in the Garden: Growing Plants for Food and Fun Paperback – 1 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Ltd (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906155925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906155926
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''A fun and accessible guide.'' --Let's Grow Veg

''Kids in the Garden is chock full of simple projects that can take place in your garden throughout the growing season.'' --Super Naturale

''An easy to follow guide to food gardening for children and their parents.'' --Natural Life

About the Author

Elizabeth McCorquodale wrote for "Growing Stuff: An Alternative Guide to Gardening." Elizabeth studied Amenity Horticulture and Landscape Design at Algonquin College in Ottawa. After returning to the UK, she spent three years working in a Garden Center before becoming a freelance garden adviser and designer. She has also worked at a local school, helping children to learn about plants and growing things in the garden.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Robertson on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I have seen a lot of children's gardening books in my time. Many of them are very good and "Kids in the Garden" is up there with the best. This is what I particularly liked:

1) Using organic methods, reusing waste materials and taking account of "green" issues is incorporated into all aspects of the book without moralising or making a big deal of these matters. For example how to compost, mulch, save seeds and garden for wildlife are covered. A diversity of plants is also advocated such as growing different types of beans or tomatoes, etc.

2) There are some clever ideas - using a buried teapot to provide a home for bees and a planting plan for a square foot garden with a trellis are two I particularly liked.

3) The book is suitable for adults who work with children or for older children. The photos are bright and attractive, the layout clear and easy to read. My only gripe here is the omission of an index at the back of the book. There are facts and quizzes and jokes which all enhance the advice.

4) The projects are very doable. They are based around plants to grow and recipes in which to use them. For pre-school settings and schools who want to make the connection between the "plot and the plate" then this book is a "must buy". Snack time will never taste so good! A good example here is "beetroot brownies."

The whole book is a motivational read. It promotes gardening as interesting, enjoyable and doable by all. Time to don the gardening gloves and get going...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Missenden on 23 Aug. 2010
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Really brilliant for getting kids going in the garden. Bought it for my seven year old, she loves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful book for elementary school kids! 4 Oct. 2012
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I purchased this book to give away to one of my graduating third grade students as a prize for "Most Successful Gardener" (she'd carefully tended - and sang to, evidently - a cabbage all summer, without the inducement of being graded for the project). I chose this book because it is very child-friendly, without being too simplistic or patronizing. I also heard from the young lady's grandmother that it gave her terrific ideas for projects to do with her entire family. The student said she most enjoyed using the recipes - all by herself!

I'd certainly recommend this book. I'm planning on getting another copy for myself to use in class.
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A great teaching tool. 15 Dec. 2012
By cat lady - Published on Amazon.com
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I really bought this for myself (grandma). I will of course share with the grandkids too. I has fun information and projects I never had heard of before.
It was the right price, came quickly, and in excelent condition. It was even more fun than I had expected. I have never had a problem with an Amazon purchase.
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Kids in the Garden 12 Jun. 2012
By Cheryl L. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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In my science class at the high school level (students with cognitive disabilities) we have been growing plants each of the four years I have been their teacher. I am excited and greatly looking forward to using this book to support our learning about plants and putting that knowledge to practical use.
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Kids in the garden 3 Feb. 2013
By Lottie Huntsman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a great help to me in planning some activities for my seniors and my lesson plans. I really enjoyed it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great reference book! 18 July 2010
By R. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift for our 13 year old vegetable gardener and he has greatly enjoyed the book. Very thorough explanations but fun, too! Great book!
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