December 2017: Deep Roots: Families and Nature
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt.
Kate Messner; with art by Christopher Silas Neal. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2015.
"Up in the garden, the world is full of green -- leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant book, discover the wonder and activity that lie hidden between the stalks, under the shade of leaves . . . and down in the dirt."
Early readers. (j) SB453 .M47 2015
The Imaginary Garden. Larsen, Andrew.
Toronto, ON; Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press, 2009.
When Poppa moves to a city apartment, his granddaughter Theo worries that his gardening will come to an end -- until she comes up with an ingenious idea to grow a new, imaginary garden! Rich storytelling and colorful mixed-media illustrations entwine to celebrate imagination, the joy of art and the extra-special bond between grandchild and grandparent.
(j) QK98.A2 L37 2009
Owl Moon. Yolen, Jane.
New York : Philomel Books, 1987.On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.
Early readers. (j) QL676.2.O8 Y78 1987
An Elm Tree and Three Sisters. Sommerdorf, Norma.
New York: Viking, 2001.
When three young sisters plant a tiny elm tree in their barren back yard, they find it becomes an integral part of their lives as they grow older.
Early readers.(j) SB435.51.U5 So55 2001
Grandma's Purple Flowers. Burrowes, Adjoa J.
New York: Lee & Low Books, 2000.
Saddened by the loss of her grandmother, Hyacinth is comforted when she sees purple flowers sprouting in her grandmother's garden.
Early readers.(j) SB406 .B946 2000
Stella : Fairy of the Forest. Gay, Mary-Louise.
Toronto, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Douglas & McIntyre, c2002.
Stella takes her brother on a fanciful tour of the forest.
Early readers. (j) QH541.5 .F6 G252 2002
Grandpa Green. Smith, Lane.
New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2011.
A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed through his topiary garden.
Early readers.(j) SB463 .Sm62 2011
Jo Macdonald Hiked in the Woods. Quattlebaum, Mary.
Nevada City, Calif. : DAWN Pub., c2013.
In this version of the classic song Old MacDonald Had a Farm, the farmer's granddaughter discovers the creatures living at a nearby woods.
Early readers. (j) QH541.5 .F6 Q29 2013
The Ugly Vegetables. Lin, Grace.
Watertown, Mass.: Charlesbridge, 1999.
A girl learns to appreciate the 'ugly' Chinese vegetables that she and her mother grow in their home garden.
Early readers. (j) SB323.C44 L63 1999
Two Old Potatoes and Me. Coy, John.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
After a young girl finds two old sprouted potatoes at her father's house, she and her dad slice, plant and tend them all year long. The lively illustrations and mashed potato recipe make this book a special treat.
Early readers. (j) SB211.P8 C839 2003
Grandpa's Too-Good Garden. Stevenson, James.
New York: Greenwillow Books, 1989.
Grandpa tells Mary Ann and Louie the hilarious tale of a garden he had years ago that his brother Wainey "helped" him plant.
Early readers.(j) SB321.St48 1989
Lessons from Mother Earth. McLeod, Elaine.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Douglas & McIntyre, 2002.
A Native American girl in the Yukon learns from her grandmother how to tend a garden in harmony with the cycles of nature.
Early readers. (j) SB108.4.Na6nw M225 2002
Walking With Mama. Stynes, Barbara White.
Nevada City, Calif.: Dawn Publications, 1997.
While taking a nature walk, a mother and toddler discover the wonders of the natural world.
Early readers. (j) QH541 .S79 1997