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A young boy travels to the hills of Appalachia from Indiana to meet the old-time fiddle player whose music he has admired. A friendship is created, and over the years the boy learns not only about old time music, but also about regional traditions.

Growing a pumpkin from seed to jack-o-lantern and back to seed.

Join a grandpa and his three grandchildren as they work in the garden to harvest vegetables to make rainbow stew. Includes a recipe for rainbow stew.

Buddy the Bear just got a special package from his grandfather – Five days of seed activities!

Sal’s father is always telling her to “think big,” and that’s not hard for her to do, considering that she’s taller than all the other women in her family. Being big has its advantages, but Sal is sad that she’s not good at fine work, like quilting. One summer, she thinks big and makes a giant quilt of her own out of sunflowers!

It’s beekeeping season, and Grandpa is teaching his grandchild all about bees, hives, and the process involved to make honey. This book offers wonderful illustrations and descriptions of bees and beekeeping equipment to extract honey from the hive. Enjoy the simple rhymes in this book with a plate of warm biscuits and honey!

When a new parson arrives in the town of Dogwood, everyone works to make him feel at home.

Sometimes it takes the whole family pitching in to get something done. Even the tiniest member can be helpful. In the end all the effort is worth it when you get to eat an enormous turnip.

An intriguing, illustrating story told through a series of correspondence written by a girl who loves gardening. Lydia Grace writes to her family in the country after she is sent to live with her Uncle in the city during the Depression.

Mikko the hedgehog sets out on a day journey to find something to accomplish that will make him happy. What Mikko finds are the plants and people that surround him every day.