Book Review: In My Garden, a Child’s Gardening Book

Rating: ★★★★☆

Good gardening books never go out of style, and this is a great basic tool to give a young reader the fundamentals of growing a home vegetable garden.  Its text is accessible and informative, and it’s illustrated attractively, if not impressively.  It includes instructions for selecting a garden spot, preparing soil, laying out a plot to maximize sun exposure, starting seeds and transplanting, weeding, and thinning seedlings.  There is a section describing the personalities and needs of the main garden vegetables, and even brief instructions on starting a compost pile.  More detailed manuals are available, but this one is particularly accessible to early and transitional readers, giving the reader a sense of why basic gardening practices work.  Because the information is simplified, it would be best utilized with an adult’s instruction, and an opportunity to actually try out the practices outlined.  If you, like me, are new to gardening, you might check out The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible for adult-level information.

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Publication Information: Oechsli, Helen and Kelly. In My Garden: A Child's Gardening Book. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 1985. ISBN: 0027685101.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08, Transitional Readers
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Posted on April 9, 2012

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