Author: Angela Russ-Ayon

Illustrator:  José Gascón H.

Diverse young characters work together to grow fruits and vegetables in the garden from seed to sprout to harvest. This is a rich STEM experience that introduces children to the beneficial process of working the land and reaping the rewards. Filled with teachable moments, simple gardening terminology, insect hunting, and opportunities to mimic and move. An enjoyable way to give youngsters control over their diets and promote healthy eating. Lyrical rhyming verses and colorful imagery prompt readers to make little discoveries along the way. Plant something that helps children grow!

 José Gascón H. lives in Toronto, Canada where he has been serving as adjunct faculty  for leading institutions like The Art Institute, Kennedy College of Technology, and Max The Mutt College of Animation Art & Design. During his extensive career, he has collaborated on popular television shows and feature films.

$12.99 Paperback

(available from Amazon)

$12.99 FVRxR-Paperback English

8" x 10" edition

32-Pages

ISBN: 978-0-9987090-3-1

16 Benefits of Gardening:

 

  1. Practice mapping and an opportunity to design and create a gardening space.

  2. A socioemotional experience: children work cooperatively toward a positive outcome.

  3. Mindfulness: provides a therapeutic calming effect from outdoor, fresh air activity, disconnected from electronics and the stress of life. <Netherlands study>

  4. A sensorimotor experience: engages all senses.

  5. Gain an understanding of where food comes from.

  6. Leads to increased food preparation after harvest.

  7. Encourages the consumption of fresh produce. Children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.

  8. Motor skills: engages children and adults in moderate exercise and physical activity: bending, twisting, stretching, lifting, pulling, reaching.

  9. Learn patience, responsibility, and gain a sense of confidence.

  10. Experience a scientific process that pays off.

  11. Develops planning, STEM, and analytical abilities.

  12. Introduces the sciences: life, earth, and physical sciences  -  botany, biology, and chemistry.

  13. Provides an opportunity to examine and interact with the environment: weather, temperature, insects, animals, soil, plants, etc.

  14. Explores the limits of natural resources and the importance of using them carefully.

  15. Conservation: highlights the importance of taking care of the environment.

  16. Sunshine on the skin helps the body make Vitamin D! Vitamin D helps our bodies use calcium, keeps our bones strong, and helps us fight diseases.

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Reader's Favorite Book Review 

 

 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 shown how to plant veggies and fruits in their garden, but it will also teach them how to use rhyming words.  The concept is wonderful, and this is an excellent 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 

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