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Secrets of the Garden : Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and Priscilla Lamont


Overview - Perfect for spring planting season--an outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate.

Alice's family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects.  Read more...


 
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More About Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld; Priscilla Lamont
 
 
 
Overview
Perfect for spring planting season--an outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate.

Alice's family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects. It's the food chain, right in her own backyard

While Alice's narrative is simple and engaging, science concepts are presented in more depth in sidebars by a pair of very knowledgeable (and highly amusing) chickens Noted science writer Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld knows how to layer information to make it accessible to a wide range of readers and useful for educators. And illustrator Priscilla Lamont's funny, friendly paintings make this a garden everyone will want to explore.

Kids will eat up this wonderful book of backyard science--and perhaps they'll even be inspired to eat their vegetables

"A wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. . . . this is bound to spark some backyard explorations." --Kirkus, Starred Review

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780517709900
  • ISBN-10: 0517709902
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: February 2012
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-9
  • Dimensions: 8.22 x 10.27 x 0.36 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.74 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science & Technology

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-01-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

As Alice’s family’s vegetable garden grows, Alice learns about seeding, sowing, and the web of life. “Early in spring, Mom planted tomato and green pepper seeds in small pots. She kept them warm indoors by a sunny window. Now her seedlings are ready to go in the garden,” she explains. She converses with her family members via dialogue balloons (“Look at this shiny bug!”), while two highly knowledgeable chickens, Maisy and Daisy, explain concepts like photosynthesis, composting, and food chains. Lamont’s pen-and-watercolor art is filled with humorous, cozy, and informative details. This intimate portrait of a single garden points to how all ecosystems are connected. Ages 5–up. (Feb.)

 
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