Blue Sky Press (2003), 40 pages
Squirrel teaches Little Groundhog how to plant and tend a vegetable garden.
Original publication date
40 p.; 9 x 0.25 inches
0439323711 / 9780439323710
LibraryThing member cfaylor
This is a great science fiction book about the entire cycle of gardening. This book would be great for all elementary students. As a groundhog is caught stealing food form a neighbor, he is forced to make his own garden to eat from. This book goes through everything from gathering the right seeds to what the correct time and season is to plant each type of seed; and, it ends with determining when to harvest the plants. How to store the harvest goods during certain seasons is also explained. There is a variety of vegetables and plants described throughout this book. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because it takes real facts about the good of creating your own garden and turns them into a cute story that young children would enjoy.
LibraryThing member matthewbloome
This was a great book on gardening. Of course, it took the angle of the groundhog pilfering food from other animals' gardens until he learned self-sufficiency with the help of his animal friends, but all the same the gardening in this book was spectacular. I love anything that Lynne Cherry does already, but this is the sort of book that would offer that fantastic opening to a unit on agriculture or plants. Good book with great illustrations.
LibraryThing member khendr4
In my opinion, the book "How Groundhog's Garden Grew" is a great book for young readers. I really liked that this book included modern fantasy and informational aspects so that readers don't just read for enjoyment, but to learn something new as well. This book told the story of a groundhog who is hungry so him and his animal friends decide to plant one when spring comes and they have awoken from hibernation. The animals definitely gave it a cute and interesting aspects for young readers while the book included important informational aspects that were discretely included in the text. Some of the pages had a border with different types of things you would find in the garden and what they look like above and below the ground. There was another page that had a border of the different bugs that could be found in the garden and another with different types of vegetables. Overall the modern fantasy and informational combinations definitely created a successful picture book. Another thing I really liked about this book was the illustrations. The illustrations were so detailed and included a wide variety of things you may find in a garden like animals, plants, bugs, vegetables and seeds. They also seemed to be drawn with pencil and watercolors. The big idea of this story was about how to plant a garden and to learn about different things you can find in the garden.
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