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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Fruits and Veggies Row by Row: Children in the Garden by Angela Russ-Ayon is a story that will motivate children to do gardening, be it summer, fall, winter, or spring. The book shows children how to start their own garden by first getting tools like hoes and spades to plant their garden, row by row, and long and straight side by side. The weeds have to be pulled out first and once that is done, the holes have to be dug and then the seeds should be planted. Once these are watered, there is a waiting period when more watering should be done until the stems sprout and start growing. Let us join the children and see what vegetables and fruits they have planted and check out the harvest along with them.
This informative book is useful to encourage children to start gardening and is a good way to introduce them to new vegetables and fruits. Jose Gascon H's illustrations are bright and colorful and will leave readers wanting to eat the fruits and vegetables in the book. The book will also encourage children to get into healthy eating habits by showing them how to grow nutritious food in their gardens. Written in rhyming verses, the book is a delight to children who are not only shown how to plant veggies and fruits in their garden but it will also teach them how to use rhyming words and write their own verses. The concept is wonderful and this is a good way to get children outdoors and doing something productive. The Talking Points and Teachable Moments give a lot of tips and techniques and are helpful for young readers to get started with their gardens.