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Grandparents

Joe and Gram plant a garden together, but they each have their own special way of doing things. Together, this grandma and grandson pair complete tasks during each of the four seasons, and then wait as the good brown earth takes care of the rest. Children will relate to Joe’s creative way of gardening. They will appreciate the magic that happens when the earth turns a seed into a plant.

A beautifully illustrated story that depicts a simpler time in the southern Appalachian region.

Jonathan’s grandparents own an apple orchard in the mountains. Every fall the whole family gets together for an old-fashioned apple butter making party, and Jonathan learns about his family traditions.

Mags and Cody replant their grandmother’s garden after she passes away, and hope that the bluebirds return along with the flowers.

A young girl and her grandpa create a butterfly house, and together watch the small larva grow into a beautiful Painted Lady.

A collection of international poems, highlighting various topics from Grandpa’s Garden to A Potato’s Valentine to The Emperor’s Greenhouse.

Eddie decides he wants a garden and gets to work, with just a bit of help from him mom and younger sister. He learns about all of the elements that help his garden to grow!

In this rhythmic story, told in both English and Spanish, learn the steps and ingredients to make Abuela’s pumpkin empanadas. Don’t worry, the recipe is included!

Life on a Vermont farm can be a lot of work, but it also can be tremendous fun!

As soon as spring arrives, Grandma Lena begins growing turnips. After diligent weeding, watering, and care, Grandma Lena finds herself with one big ol’ turnip!