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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

May 2012



The Curious Garden

The Curious Garden

written and illustrated by Peter Brown



In a city “without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind”, a young boy finds some struggling wildflowers near an abandoned railroad track and makes the decision to help them grow. His efforts inspire others (even grown-ups!) and soon the entire city is transformed!






Grow It, Cook It

Grow It, Cook It

by DK Publishing

J 635 GROW


This book shows kids step-by-step how to grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs, then follows with recipes that put your harvest to use! Full of appealing photographs that show kids hands-on in the garden and kitchen. Also features information on how plants grow and pollinate, as well as a number of useful gardening tips.








Linnea in Monet's Garden

Linnea in Monet's Garden

by Christina Björk, illustrated by Lena Anderson

J 759.4 BJORK


One of those books that will be loved by people of all ages, Linnea in Monet's Garden tells the story of a small Swedish girl and her old friend and neighbor, Mr. Bloom. Linnea and Mr. Bloom share a fondness for paintings and for flowers, and Claude Monet is a painter they both love. Together they decide to visit Paris, and Monet's garden in Giverny, and with the help of this book we can go with them on this journey. A pure joy to read over and over again.








Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas



Mr. McGreely had always wanted to start a garden in his back yard. Somehow it never happened. This spring he was going to do it! He cleaned a place in his yard and planted the seeds. He watched his garden grow each day. . . but so did the bunnies. How can he keep those clever bunnies out of his first-ever garden? Read what lengths Mr. McGreely will go to to save his crops. Will he ever keep the bunnies out?








The Garden in the City

The Garden in the City

written and illustrated by Gerda Muller



Caroline and Ben and their parents move to a new house in a European city and turn its neglected grounds into a beautiful garden. The detailed, colorful pictures have a continental flavor and a natural romantic style. Though not strictly a how-to, this book combines a cozy, uncomplicated story with abundant practical information.








The Lady and the Spider

The Lady and the Spider

by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Bob Marstall



A refreshing story in which the spider in not a giant, hairy, eight-legged Monster. A tiny green spider makes her home in a head of lettuce in a lady's garden, where she can find both food and shelter. Read to find out if the spider escapes after her lettuce home becomes lunch for the lady!








The Secret in the Garden

Secret in the Garden: A Peek-Through Book

written and illustrated by James Mayhew



Inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, this book tells the story of Sophie, who receives a key to a special garden, and discovers a world of friendship and magic there. The impressionistic illustrations are lovely, and this book will appeal to children in grades K through 3-- and to the adults who share it with them.








Flower Garden

Flower Garden

by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt



A young girl, with her dad's help, makes a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mom. Simple rhyming text and bold illustrations make this a nice choice for reading aloud.







Yucky Worms

Yucky Worms

by Vivian French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg



A boy who is gardening with his Grandma sees a slimy, wiggly worm-- he's a little grossed out, until Grandma tells him all about how important worms are in the garden. This picture book features colorful illustrations and is chock-full of facts about the underappreciated worm. A great book to share with a curious young gardener.






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