A Year in Jo's Garden

Summary:

With help from a friend, Jo is planting a garden at her grandfather's farm. Follow along as the sun warms the ground, the worms wiggle around, and fruits, vegetables, and flowers grow. Can you spot the animal helpers, too? 


Parent Perspective:
Of the three Jo MacDonald books, this one is probably my favorite. I love that it follows the garden for a full year, giving readers to see four seasons. I also love that the illustrations show teamwork. Although the boy is unidentified, it is clear that he and Jo are working together to create and tend to the garden.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will be inspired to create their own gardens after you read this book.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. I am a little disappointed that there are creatures in the garden that aren't identified until you read the end material. Thinking specifically of the toad and its role in the garden. I had to go back and look at the book again to find the pages where it is.


Type of Book:
With "Old MacDonald" as its foundation, readers plant a garden.
Educational Themes:

Lots you can do with this book. Because it cycles through a full year in the garden, you can study seasons, in addition to talking about what plants need to grow. If you're interested in gardening, see the Help for Young Gardeners in the back. The author also has some Indoor Activities you can do, too.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This book will carry you through all the seasons of the year.

Title Jo MacDonald Had a Garden
About

Jo MacDonald, Book 2

Author Mary Quattlebaum
Publisher Dawn Publications © 2012
Illustrators Laura J. Bryant
ISBN 9781584691655
Material Paperback
Cost $8.95
Genres Nature, Rhyme
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