Kids Can Press has followed up with Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City.
This book by Deborah Hodge with beautiful photographs by Brian Harris uses Vancouver, B.C. as the city in question. We are reminded on the first page,
A seed is a new life, waiting to grow. It can sprout anywhere — even in a busy city!
The tone of the books is very child-friendly, with a sort of Mr. Rogers method of explaining, challenging, and asking questions. For example, the text challenges children to look carefully for city gardens, explains where they might be, then asks “Do you have a patch of earth or a container you can turn into a garden?”
This book not only looks at produce, but also chickens and honeybees.
Hodges then outlines how some people share their gardens, either with those in need for humanitarian reasons, or simply making your garden a friendly place that you can share with birds and bees.
Another section deals with eating all the delicious produce, which will hopefully prompt kids to try something new.
Check out my companion piece, Books as a Gateway — to Healthy Eating, where I mention both of these books specifically, as well as my new connection with the Hidden Valley Ranch Love Your Veggies mom panel.
I am pleased to be able to offer a copy of Kids Can Press has followed up with Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City. If you are interested please leave a comment. U.S. and Canadian addresses are eligible. The winner will be announced on April 6. This giveaway is closed.