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Seasons

Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.

A month by month guide to planning and growing your own garden. Each month provides a description of what needs to happen during that month to grow a successful garden.

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 young boy and his dog are sick of winter, so they plant a garden and begin to wait. And wait, and wait.  Just when it seems as though the brown will never become green, spring magically appears!  This book is a quick read that benefits from paying close attention to the beautifully illustrated pages.

We have a special tree in our yard – an apple pie tree!
Colorful collage illustrations follow each season as an apple tree grows leaves, fragrant blossoms, and tiny green apples. Soon the fruit is big, red, and ready to be picked. It’s time to make an apple pie! Here is a celebration of apples and how things grow. 

Simplistic alphabet poems using descriptive Autumn words.

This book takes readers on one family’s journey of collecting fruits and vegetables from the woods, orchards, and garden all year long. Along the way, the family works together to put up applesauce, apple butter, apple cider, and other delicious treats for the winter. You’ll find recipes in the back.

Teach students about changing seasons and the season of autumn. Students create a leaf spinner and record daily temperatures.

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On a cold winter morning, grandmother writes, “Dear Rebecca, winter is here”. Read on to experience the many swift changes of winter grandmother describes in her letter.

This beautifully written and illustrated book depicts a year on a farm. It introduces the animals, equipment, and crops in a way that captures the life of a farm.