When my grandson comes over he loves helping me in the garden, watering, weeding and feeding my composter. He absolutely loves being outside and is at that age where everything is still very interesting and exciting. Looking for ladybugs on plants and holding them is simply amazing to him. I love sharing and spending time with him in this way. My father and mother gave me the love of gardening, and I learned many lessons spending time with them in our garden. It’s something I look forward to passing on.
Which brings me to my first children’s book recommendation for this week. It is not a new book and the author is not a stranger in most homes, Shel Silverstien. But it does go with my flavor this week, giving and gardening. It’s called, “The Giving Tree“. It offers a unique perspective on give and take, a valuable lesson for children and adults, about sharing and caring for others.
My second recommendation is, The Runaway Garden: A Delicious Story That’s Good for You, Too! by, Jeffery Schatzer. This story begins with a little girl pulling weeds in her grandpa’s garden. So of course I was pulled in right away! But this little girl is not happy about it, and says that she will run away if she has to pull anymore. So Grandpa tells her a story about the night the garden ran away. This story is adventurous and amusing and teaches children that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
So pull up a comfy chair, sit in the sun, gaze at your garden together and bask in the enjoyment of some good books! These are also great books to help celebrate Earth Day with your kids on April 22nd.