Building a Community Garden

Green Green: A Community Gardening Story by Marie Lamba and Baldev Lamba is a wonderful picture book for promoting environmental awareness for young readers ages 2-6. Written in simple, poetic form and accompanied by vibrant, dynamic illustrations, Green Green follows the transformation of the land and the way a group of community members work together to restore some elements of nature.

The story starts with a group of kids playing in an expansive field, filled with beautiful flowers and butterflies.

Gradually, the natural landscape evolves into a cityscape and the green and brown are replaced by browns and grays of digging and construction. The green in each scene is reduced to a small potted plant here and there or a solitary tree.

The members of the community see the potential for creating a community garden on a small plot of land. They work hard to remove litter and garbage to restore a small piece of nature among the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

Green Green is the perfect picture book for exposing young children to the concept of environmentalism and showing them some simple ways that they can feel empowered to make a difference. The illustrations by Sonia Sanchez are breathtakingly beautiful, subtle yet powerful. They bring the simple yet impactful text to life and give readers a lot to talk about.

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*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Valentine’s Day Reads

Valentine’s Day by Annie Rockwell is a great story about a class preparing cards for a a special friend. Each student creates a card capturing a favorite memory of a time spent with their friend Michiko who now lives in Japan. Even though she is thousands of miles away, the cards provide them with a connection to their friend.

Once the cards are ready, the class takes a trip to the local post office to buy the stamps needed to send the package to Japan.

Valentine’s Day is a really great story for getting kids into the spirit of the day, putting a focus on friendship and kindness. At the end of this book, students place one valentine card in a secret box and then pick one from it as their card. As a teacher, I thought this was a great, inclusive idea.

Valentine Hearts Holiday Poetry is a collection of poems about Valentine’s Day selected by Lee Bennet Hopkins. This is the perfect introduction to poetry books for young readers as the poems are simple and sweet, some are serious while others are funny. There are poems about the relationship between mother and child, friends, secret admirers, and even the between child and pet.

Both Valentine’s Day and Valentine Hearts Holiday Poetry are terrific additions to a classroom or home library. They celebrate friendship and being kind to one another. They are easy to read and engaging. They are both great for readers ages 5-8.

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