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Plants, Seeds & Gardens




Miss Maple's seeds, by Eliza Wheeler



After gathering lost seeds during the summer, a kind woman tends and instructs them throughout the fall
and winter before sending them out in the spring to find roots of their own. (Chapin, East)




My Garden, by Kevin Henkes

After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls. (East)

It's our garden: from seeds to harvest in a school garden, by George Ancona

Presents a portrait of a Santa Fe community garden, revealing how students and other citizens work together to select and grow annual plants, create compost, release butterflies, harvest edibles, and protect garden beds for the winter. (Chapin, East)

Plant a little seed, by Bonny Christensen


Two friends plant seeds in their community garden, then water, weed, wait, and dream as the plants grow until they can be harvested. Includes facts about gardening and harvest festivals.(East)



Secrets of the garden: food chains and the food web in our backyard, by Kathleen Zoehfeld


Depicts a family of four who make their garden their summer home as they prepare the soil, plant seeds, water the garden, and watch for a harvest of vegetables. (Chapin, East)

Seed, soil & sun: earth recipes for food, by Cris Peterson


Shows how plants germinate, grow, and produce food; looks at the composition of soil; anddiscusses the creatures who live in the soil. (Chapin, East)



Planting a rainbow, by Lois Ehlert


A mother and child plant a rainbow of flowers in the family garden. (Chapin, East)



A bean's life, by Nancy Dickmann


Introduces the life cycle of a bean, explaining how it grows, develops, and reproduces. (Chapin, East)



From seed to plant, by Gail Gibbons


Explores the intricate relationship between seeds and the plants which they produce. (Chapin, East)



A sunflower's life, by Nancy Dickmann


Introduces the life cycle of a sunflower, explaining how it grows, develops, and reproduces. (Chapin, East)



Growing vegetable soup, by Lois Ehlert
Simple text and colorful illustrations depict a father and child growing vegetables and then making them into a soup. (Chapin, East)



Plant secrets, by Emily Goodman


Presents an introduction to plants, describing how they grow from seeds to different types of plants, make flowers and fruits, which in turn create the seeds needed to begin the growth cycle again. (Chapin)



Lily's garden, by Deborah Kogan Ray


A young girl in Maine and her grandmother in California exchange letters and packages which reflect cycles of planting and harvesting in their different climates. (Chapin, East)



A seed is sleepy, by Dianna Hutts Astons


An informative yet beautiful introduction to seeds. (Chapin, East)



Vegetable garden, by Douglas Florian


A family plants a vegetable garden and helps it grow to a rich harvest. (Chapin, East)



Water, weed & wait, by Edith Hope Fine


Miss Marigold, the garden lady, visits Pepper Lane Elementary to help them transform a weedy, rocky patch of ground into a garden. (East)



Yucky worms, by Vivian French


While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role
of the earthworm in helping plants grow. (Chapin)



Isabella's garden, by Glenda Millard


In Isabella's garden, amazing things come from the tiniest of seeds as they bloom and flourish and make way for a whole new season of growth. (East)



Living sunlight: how plants bring the earth to life, by Molly Bang


Demonstrates how sunlight plays a part in giving energy and life to plants and how through the process of photosynthesis life is made possible for other living things on Earth. (Chapin, East)



I heard it from Alice Zucchini: poems about the garden, by Juanita Havill


A collection of twenty poems celebrating the seasons, plants, animals, insects, and the play of light in the garden. (Chapin, East)



A garden alphabet, by Isabel Wilner


Rhyming verses and illustrations introduce the letters of the alphabet and describe how a garden is planned and planted, how things grow, and the joy a garden brings. (Chapin, East)



The reason for a flower, by Ruth Heller


Brief text and lavish illustrations explain plant reproduction and the purpose of a flower and present some plants which don't seem to be flowers but are.
(Chapin, East)



The Carrot seed, by Ruth Krauss



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