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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

E 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!


-Kathy

 

 

 

 

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.

 

-Vicky

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

-Miriam

 

 

 

 

 

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

E FLEMI

 

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?

 

-Dawn

 

 

 

 

 

The Garden in the City

The Garden in the City

written and illustrated by Gerda Muller

J 635 MULLE

 

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.

 

-Mariana

 

 

 

 

 

The Lady and the Spider

The Lady and the Spider

by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Bob Marstall

E MCNUL

 

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!

 

-Tamberly

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret in the Garden

Secret in the Garden: A Peek-Through Book

written and illustrated by James Mayhew

E MAYHE

 

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.

 

-Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Garden

Flower Garden

by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

E BUNTI

 

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.

 

-Barbara

 

 

 

 

Yucky Worms

Yucky Worms

by Vivian French, illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

E FRENC

 

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.

 

-Vicky

 

 

 

 Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month focuses on a different category or theme.

We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a link to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold. 

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