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Eddie's Garden: and How to Make Things Grow Hardcover – 1 Mar 2004
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The contrast between the older boy, looking out curiously at the world, manipulating and changing it, and the me-centred toddler is beautifully done... There are some useful tips for budding gardeners at the back of the book (Independent on Sunday )
Garland has done her homework, and there are hard facts to substantiate her story, woven through the text, in the detail of the warm-hearted illustrations, and in an appendix adults will find helpful in supporting their curriculum planning (Guardian )
Sarah Garland never lets her educational message get in the way of an engaging story (Nursery World )
Offers plenty of information in a gentle, accessible way. (Early Years Educator )
About the Author
Sarah Garland is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. During her childhood in the New Forest and in recent years she has concentrated on growing a very wide variety of herbs to use in her kitchen, and to treat minor ailments. She lives in Chedworth, Gloucestershire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Eddie's Garden and Eddie's Kitchen; Going to Playschool, Doing the Garden, Going Swimming, Coming to Tea, Doing the Shopping, Doing Christmas, Having a Picnic and Doing the Washing; Billy and Belle; Dashing Dog; Splash and Zoom.
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On the other hand, the writing isn't anything special (it feels very much like something that I could have written in an afternoon!) though it's perfectly unobjectionable to read, it's not a book you would buy for the pictures and there isn't any story beyond that of the gardening. It's also not a book that my nearly four year old son actually asks for. So I would really like to find a better book covering the same ground better but in the meantime I'm giving it four stars for actually attempting to deal with the topic of gardening properly for young children.
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