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This Week in the Garden

Soil is every-where, and everything comes from soil! A Handful of Dirt gives students an in-depth look at how soil is formed, what it’s made of, and why it is important to all life—from microorganisms to worms to rabbits. Learn about the different jobs of microscopic creatures in the soil and discover hidden activity that’s always happening just below our feet.

Sophie and her friends work together to grow a neighborhood vegetable garden. From zucchini to potatoes to carrots, the kids grow it all. Page by page, vegetable by vegetable A Harvest of Color gives great gardening advice in the voice of the children, and offers hints that are helpful to any gardener, old or young. You’ll love the book’s realistic photographs of Sophie and her friends gardening.

Each of Eli’s family members has a favorite place on their farm. His mother loves to visit a blueberry patch on the hill, and his grandfather feels most at home in the cool, peaceful barn. As he grows from infant to toddler to boy, Eli discovers that he loves the marsh where ducklings follow their mother. This book offers a unique child’s view on farm life and includes illustrations of farm animals and landscapes.

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.

These traditional apple chips are a great way to utilize local apples. Try using different varieties and see which ones you like best!

Using apples, squash, cranberries, and maple syrup, this dish is a delicious taste of fall! Read the nonfiction book, Cranberries: Fruit of the Bog to learn about how cranberries are grown and harvested while the dish cooks.

A boy and grand-mother pair team up to make several batches of applesauce throughout apple season. They pick the best apples from the farmers market and work together in the kitchen to craft this delicious, seasonal treat. Step-by-step instructions and a detailed recipe are included to help readers recreate Grandma’s applesauce.

Featuring local apples, these parfaits are a unique way to enjoy fall’s sweetest treat! Students can start by making their own granola for the recipe.

This perennial favorite tells the story of Sal and her mother, who go to pick blueberries and encounter a mother bear and her cub. Both pairs plan to store up food for the winter and are surprised to encounter the other.

This vibrantly illustrated book takes us on a counting and rhyming adventure in the garden. From a bug’s eye view, we learn allitera-tion and action verbs as we buzz with the bees, slither with the snails, and glow with the fireflies. In the back, there is a section of fun and educational facts about each insect.