When Miss Marigold challenges the kids at Pepper Lane Elementary to turn an unpromising patch of their schoolyard into a garden full of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, they know they'll need all the help they can get. Soon everyone in the community is lending a hand—including an unlikely neighbor with a soft spot for gardening—and it isn't long before peppers, zuccchini, sugar peas, snapdragons, zinnias, and much more are growing and blooming.
· Back matter includes photos of students gardening in real school gardens and information on how readers can start their own school or home garden project.
Zack stared at the weeds and litter. "Here? You're kidding."
"It's hard as a rock," said Daisy, scuffing the soil.
"Lots of gardens start out like this," said Miss Marigold.
. . .
After recess, the students went back to the classroom full of ideas for their garden.
"But how do we start?" asked Zack.
"School gardens take plans, plants, and people," said Miss Marigold. "Then you water, weed, and wait."
Excerpted from Water, Weed, and Wait by by Edith Hope Fine and Angela Demos Halpin; illustrated by Colleen Madden. Copyright © 2010 by Edith Hope Fine and Angela Demos Halpin. Excerpted by permission of Tricycle Press, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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"By far the most colorful and entertaining book on school gardens I have ever seen. Bound to be a hit with children, teachers, and parents, and encourage everyone to plant, water, weed, and feed their vegetable crops while having great fun in the garden." —Pat Welsh, author of Pat Welsh's Southern California Organic Gardening, Month by Month
"Gardens grow kids . . . and one of the best place to start is where kids are every day . . . at school . . . growing, learning, eating, and forming a community. This timely book shows how to start." —Jane L. Taylor, Founding Curator, Michigan 4-H Children's Garden, Michigan State University
About Edith Hope Fine
EDITH HOPE FINE is the author of many books for children, including Under the Lemon Moon, Cryptomania, Cricket at the Manger, and Armando and The Blue Tarp School. She is the co-author of Nitty-Gritty Grammar and More Nitty-Gritty Grammar. Edith lives in Encinitas, California.
About Angela Halpin
ANGELA DEMOS HALPIN has been an elementary school teacher for many years. She lives in San Diego, California.
Review, Booklist, November 1, 2010:
"[Kids will] come away with a sense of the effort that starting a garden requires, as well as the ways that it can transform a community."