Good food doesn't begin on a store shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds, smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know where they come from. So what's in the garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty, kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating. A "food for thought" section presents interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable, and a "how does your garden grow?" section explains facts about gardening and the parts of plants. Author Marianne Berkes consulted with nutritionists and personally made every recipe in the book, to be sure they are both tasty and kid-friendly.
Book Reviews & Awards: 2014 Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award Winner, 2014 AHS Growing Good Kids Excellence in Children's Literature Award Winner, 2014 Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year Award Winner, 2014 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner, 2014 Virginia Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year Award Winner, 2013 IBPPG Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner, 2013 Living Now Book Award Winner (Gold Award - Children's Non-Fiction), 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner, 2013 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner, 2013 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval, 2013 Forward Reviews Book of the Year Award (Finalist, Picture Books), 2013 Young Voices Foundation IMMY Award (Silver Award Winner)), 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention), 2013 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval. "Berkes' latest is a departure from many children's gardening books, combining rhyming verses with recipes celebrating the garden's bounty. Rectos present readers with a rhyming challenge to name what is growing, providing textual clues as well as gorgeously detailed and realistic illustrations….young chefs are likely to get a wide introduction to both the products of the garden and the culinary arts. . . . A celebration of growing and eating that is just in time for spring planting. ~ Kirkus Reviews (January 23, 2013). "Rhythmic poetry gives one-page clues that answer the title question. "The fresh fruits and vegetables revealed by turning the page are celebrated in vibrant full-color illustrations. There's a recipe for each fruit or vegetable" Four pages for adults are filled with ideas for using the book with children." ~ School Library Journal - Frances E. Millhouser (May 2013). What makes this book unique is that it is designed around kid-friendly recipes for the things you can grow in your garden. Want to know more ? At the back of the book is a list of interesting information about each one. Not sure on how to plant? There is help here, too. It even has a list of important words and more books, songs, and websites that will encourage further exploration. Needless to say, there is a great "crop" of books for the spring season. Why not "plant" yourself in your local library or bookstore and select a few to "devour". I am sure you will agree that this will be a wonderful way to begin the spring and get ready for what awaits us as the weather gets warmer.- Western New York Family Magazine - Dr. Donna Phillips (April 2013). Illustrations feature glorious summer gardens buzzing with life and kids enjoying their healthy snacks. The rhymes are inspired, the images inviting and the connections drawn between growing and eating perfect for encouraging the consumption of fresh fruits and veggies. - E Magazine (March/April 2013). ! This attractive introduction to 12 edible plants is intended to stimulate healthy eating among kids. A four-line rhyme poses a question, and the next page provides the answer along with a boxed recipe and an illustration of a child preparing or eating it. The realistic, brightly colored paintings depict multicultural children (many missing baby teeth) and use icons for each ingredient . . .- ALA Booklist - Julie Cummins (May 2013). This book teaches kids about various fruits and vegetables that can be grown in their own backyard and how good food does not come from a box or a store shelf. Colorful illustrations and easy, kid-friendly recipes inspire a lifetime of good eating. Ages 3-8. - Charlotte Parent - Katy LeGrand (April 1 2013). Did you know that lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable in the United States? The potato is number one. So What's in the Garden? not only provides a lot of helpful scientific material but also serves as an introductory cookbook for students. The back of the book has further information about the fruits and vegetables mentioned, how to grow a garden, plant parts, and cooking. Many more free teaching and learning ideas are available at the publisher's website. Children should know that good food begins not with a box on a store shelf but from a garden, and this book will help them understand how that happens. - Home School Book Review - Wayne Walker (April 2013)…charmingly illustrated exploring the things that reside in the garden, from the fruits and vegetables that blossom there to the critters who call them home. Highly recommended. - Midwest Book Review - James Cox (March 2013). Good food doesn't come from a box on a supermarket shelf, but from our gardens and farms. This book offers guessing games and tasty recipes to make food interesting and start you on a lifetime of healthy eating. - Skipping Stones - James Cox (Sept-Oct 2013). As an avid gardener myself, I am always interested in reading gardening books for kids. What's in the Garden is a brand new book that is sure to get children interested in not only learning to grow their own food, but also in healthy eating and cooking. Each two-page spread features a different fruit or vegetable and a simple recipe using that food, such as applesauce, carrot muffins, blueberry pie and more. You'll love the colorful illustrations In the book's back matter is a list of the foods featured with their history and information about how they grow. There are also tips about growing, descriptions of plant parts, cooking vocabulary and additional resources. Curious children thrive in school, in work and in life. And gardening is one terrific way to pique their curiosity. - Good Reads with Ronna - Debbie Glade (Feb. 20, 2013). The illustrations here are gorgeous; photo-realistic down to the last detail. The rhymes are fun and are written at a level that is appropriate to challenge the target audience of 3 to 8-year-olds. In a time when so many of us are separate from the work of growing and preparing the food that we eat, this book helps us to see and recapture that critical link. The diversity of children pictured is great, making it easy for your child to see him/herself in these pages. Included are a dozen recipes to go with each food item, a cooking vocabulary list, and more information about the anatomy of plants and how they grow. Of special interest to educators (home or otherwise) are the printable companion activities available on the book's website.- Blogcritics.org - Courtney Cable (May 28, 2013). The book is written as easy-to-solve riddles. There is also an easy-to-make recipe associated with that fruit or vegetable. Each full page spread is an accurate, vibrantly colored illustration that draws the reader in. So detailed are the illustrations that you can almost feel the texture of a leaf, the fine hairs along the pumpkin stalk.- Grade Reading - Darci Pattison (May 2013) Four pages of back matter include "Food for Though" which tells a bit more about each of the fruits and vegetables. "How does your Garden Grow?" lists what plants need (light, air, water… just for starters) and clears up the question: is a tomato a fruit? You can learn about plant parts, cooking terms, and find a list of garden songs to sing while you pull weeds. I can't think of a better place to be on the solstice than in a garden! - Sallys Bookshelf Blogpost - Sue Heavenrich (July 11, 2013). What could be better than a book brimming with delicious rhyming verse? A book of taste-tempting riddle poems with gorgeous art, yummy recipes, food for thought, and gardening tips, of course! In What's in the Garden? (Dawn Publications, 2013), Berkes and Arbo celebrate the joys of growing and eating familiar fruits and veggies with a cast of adorable, happily-engaged multi-ethnic kids. This delightfully fun, interactive feast is served up in a clever format:. - Jama's Alphabet Soup - Jama Rattigan (June 7, 2013). This is a lovely colorful, illustrated children's book about the foods that grow in the garden. It is fun for adults too, as the book reads first with a description of the plant, calling on the reader to identify the what is it. I love this idea. Then on the next page the answer is revealed along with a recipe, easy enough to cook together with child, using the plant that was described on the previous page. This is a great book that I highly recommend, especially if you are planning a garden with the little ones come spring. A+++- An Angel's Kiss (March 17, 2013). Here is a book that will stimulate kids' appetite for exploring the world of gardens as well as stimulate their appetite for good, fresh food . . . and make the connection between the natural world and what they eat… a sweet and informative book, perfect to use as a read-aloud with young children- Carolie Sly, Education Program Director, Center for Ecoliteracy. Using the recipes in the book-or asking students to contribute their own-this book encourages a conversation about the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. - Rose Judd-Murray, Educational Specialist, National Gardening Association. What's in the Garden? is fun because children get to solve mysteries! The back of the book includes more info on each food item in the book, information on how plants grow and reproduce, cooking terms, and a list of garden songs, books and websites. Parents, teachers and librarians can find more downloadable activities relating to Dawn Publications' books at www.dawnpub.com. - Susan Heim, Chicken Soup for the Soul Editor (February 2013). So how do we go about convincing children and their parents that eating healthier is worth the effort? Books like What's in the Garden? can be part of the solution. This book combines poetry and recipes to make growing, preparing, and eating food a fun experience for a family. The recipe and instructions are located beneath the illustration…it seems that the author has made an attempt to make substitutions in order for the recipes to be healthier. The broccoli dip recipe calls for yogurt instead of mayonnaise. A glossary of cooking terms and a list of more sources for garden information are also included. Several more activities and bookmarks are available if you go to the downloadable activities page on the Dawn Publications website. If your school has a garden, this book would be a great resource for your class. I think sharing some of these recipes and the activities page in a parent newsletter would be helpful as well. For older classes, recipes always show up on those pesky standardized reading tests, so you could write one of these recipes on a piece of chart paper and talk about how you read procedural text and what questions you could ask. This also leads to lessons on sequence. Spring is just around the corner so break out your seed catalog, pick up a copy of What's in the Garden? and start planning for a season of healthy eating.- NC Teacher Stuff - Jeff Barger (March 2013). The ingredients are simple and fresh and the list of ingredients is short, so each recipe tastes fresh and is simple to prepare. This children's cookbook is an exploration of fruit and vegetables you might find in your own garden.- Vegbooks - Jennifer Kali (May 2013). What struck me first about this book that I was happy to see was the cultural diversity in children's illustrations. Big deal for those of us in federal agencies (and should be for everyone!) My favorite part is the fact that the pictures included the pollinators or sometimes pest of the plants….capturing what you truly will see on these plants, like it or not! And I am drawn to rhyming books myself - catchy, fun to read to groups and at the same time shares information. Added bonus that the kids get to "guess" what the vegetable is before turn the page…although a 2 page spread on one topic is a good layout too. - Linda Hauser - USDA Forest Service, Shawnee National Forest (March 2013). There is an awesome "food for thought" section that gives interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable. The "how does your garden grow?" section, with cool facts about gardening and plants, really got my son excited for planting our garden in Spring. I love this book for reinforcing healthy foods and the excitement it brings to growing and cooking your own food!- Your World Natural Blogspot - Cara Nitz (March 2013). The cadence of the riddles pulls you right in and it is so much fun to guess the plant that is being described. The recipes are not only child friendly, but will appeal to adults as well. As usual, Marianne has provided a wealth of helpful information and resources at the end of the book- Judy Houser, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (February 2013). These are my favorite types of childrens books, ones that can actually engage your children in the kitchen or outside in the garden. We have decided based on this book to start a garden in the spring, this made it look so fun! - Cypertronic Reviews - Stephanie Szostak (January 2013).