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Kindergarteners learn the joys of gardening in this close-up look at how plants grow.
A visit to Mrs. Best's classroom is always inspiring! Follow a classroom of real kindergartners as they grow a garden full of healthy vegetables. Joyful photographs show kids planting seeds, tending the seedlings, and harvesting (and eating!) the results. An exciting introduction to the math and science involved in growing a garden.
The Life Cycles in Room 6 series follows Mrs. Best’s real kindergarten class as they help things grow. This photo-illustrated series engages readers with hands-on science in the classroom and beyond.
About the Author
Caroline Arnold is the author of more than 160 books for children. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and recently has illustrated some of her books with striking cut paper art. To see prints and cards of her illustrations, go to www.etsy.com/shop/CarolineArnoldArt. Her newest book, Hatching Chicks in Room 6, will be available January 2017. Other recent titles include Living Fossils: Clues to the Past, A Day and Night in the Rain Forest, A Polar Bear's World, A Panda's World, A Warmer World, Too Hot? Too Cold? and many more. Her most recent fiction books are Wiggle and Waggle, a collection of five stories for beginning readers, and The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers, a tall tale. For a complete list of books and more go to www.carolinearnold.com.
In a relatable tale that combines process and joy, the children of Mrs. Best’s real-life kindergarten class are growing a garden! Arnold has photographed and told their story from beginning seeds to finished salad. The children are taught how to prepare the soil, how to plant the seeds, and how to water and nurture the seedlings. They are taught to keep the strong seedlings and to either compost or feed to the chickens the weaker ones. Mrs. Best explains how ladybugs help keep damaging bugs under control. The children learn what plants need support and to be patient and give everything time to grow. After three months, they are ready to harvest and make a salad for all to enjoy. In the back of the book, readers will find a listing of what parts of plants are edible, what garden tools to use, and common gardening questions. There is a very effective garden vocabulary page, as well as a list of online sources and books for further information. VERDICT With photography to illustrate each step, this is a delightful and informative book.
—School Library Journal