Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sow and Grow: A Gardening Book for Children

SOW AND GROW: A GARDENING BOOK FOR CHILDREN; Tina Davis; New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2008; 143pp.

Even though the delightfully retro illustrations of this book show children outdoors, the book itself is devoted to indoor gardening, though, as the author points out, everything taught about growing things indoors could also be applied to growing them outside. Beginning with a plain-spoken and comprehensive introduction to plant life and what plants need to grow, Ms. Davis outlines indoor gardening projects for each month of the year. From starting seeds on a plate (in January) to growing African violets from leaves (in November), this book is filled with easy, excellent activities for acquainting children with the natural world and keeping them connected.

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