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Illustrator: Khanam, Fehema
Publisher: Cico Kids
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781782493334
Grades: K-6

My First Gardening Book

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35 easy and fun projects for budding gardeners
Young horticulturalists will enjoy learning how to plant, grow, and maintain plant life as well as create garden crafts using common gardening materials.  With few resources available about gardening for elementary aged children, this book will be welcomed by children, parents and teachers.  Plant projects include creating a tasty herb pot to  a Tyrannosaurus garden or a sunflower alley,  A total of thirty five different projects are included of easy to grow plants or being inspired by the garden based crafts, increasing the likelihood of success in  earning one’s ‘green thumb’ and enjoyment of a garden space.
This book is well organized with projects being described in step-by-step instructions (visually and written directions).  The photographs of the finished project are the most attraction and inspiring.  The book is divided into four sections; getting started with gardening materials, growing projects, garden decorations and garden crafts.  The getting started section is more heavily print based and will likely be skipped over by younger children.  It is a good resource for guiding parents or teachers who are new to gardening.  The plant list includes vegetables, fast-growing seeds (suitable for science experiments) and scratch-and-sniff plants (suitable for developing a sense garden). Some projects require no garden at all, but simply a container, while others require extensive space to make the project successful.  A list of ingredients is given, including any safety concerns.  Tips provide a clue how to successful with the project or how to expand upon the project.  A table of contents and index are helpful.  However, the list of suppliers and resources are not all that helpful, as they are based in the United Kingdom.
This is a suitable resource for a gardening inquiry project with elementary children.  It may be used to address Alberta’s science units; Grade One: Living and Nonliving Things/Seasons, Grade Four: Plant Growth, Grade 6: Trees & Forests.

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