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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 36 user ratings
ISBN:1452161364
LANGUAGE:English

" I am partial to gardening and this book is absolutely excellent regarding the "life cycle" of a garden both above ground as well as below ground in the soil. Also the wonderful concept of the grandmother and granddaughter gardening together is very typical of how many of us were inspired to garden--by observing and working with an older relative. Great book in content and atmosphere. Enjoyed it and it brought back many memories. " said.

" Lovely! A young girl and her grandmother work in the garden, discovering that their work up in the garden parallels with nature's work down in the dirt. A lovely story that reveals how nature works together. The author includes a note and additional information about the animals included in the narrative. A lovely complement to Over and Under the Snow. " said.

" my son is rather taken with this book, and I am too. It portrays a little girl and her grandmother as they play and work in the backyard garden through the seasons. It gives a view of what's happening throughout the year both above and below the soil, all the moving parts and creatures that make the garden thrive. Beautiful illustrations and lovely text. A great book for your littlest garden helpers. " said.

"This book provides the perfect way to introduce the notions of ecosystems and communities to children. A young girl spends spring, summer, and fall in the garden with her grandmother, and their gardening activities above ground are described in concert with the exciting things happening down below inside the earth. The author's afterword is particularly fascinating, since she takes the time to formally introduce some of the major players in the standard garden, such as grasshoppers, robins, orb weaver spiders, and ants, and even such helpers as skunks and chickens. Absolutely fantastic. The soft, blocky, old-fashioned art with its array of perspectives is inviting. Kindergarten and up. " said.

"For several months now they've been arriving in my mail; tantalizing in their promise of spring. Filled with full color photographs of fruits, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees, they offer a sharp contrast to bare branches and ground covered with snow. Turning page after page in each of these catalogs marks the arrival of the awakening. The pause is nearly over.

Keepers of gardens are already looking for buds on bushes and shoots poking through ground thawing in the warmer temperatures and sunny days. Added voices are joining the daily birdsong chorus. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Chronicle Books, March 3, 2015) written by Kate Messner with illustrations by Christopher Silas Neal, a companion to their Over and Under the Snow, explores our natural world in the realm of a garden for three seasons of the year.


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"In Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal team up once again (previously in Over and Under the Snow) to give the reader a zoomed-in view into the various critters that live under and in the garden and how they influence the plants that grow there. Messner’s lyrical text tells a story of a girl and her grandmother tending to their garden from the end of winter to the end of autumn—from the blank, brown soil (where there is actually tons of activity deep down, with worms and bugs burrowing) to the bursting forth of greens and blossoms and eventually vegetables and full-grown flowers, until finally the “dry cornstalks tremble, and the wind smells like winter.” Along the way, we are introduced to the critters that hinder the garden’s growth (like June bugs, grasshoppers, and aphids) and those that help (like ladybugs, snakes, birds, and even skunks!). Messner includes more information on each animal featured at the end of the book, along with an author’s note and suggestions for more garden-themed books to read.

Christopher Silas Neal depicts the ongoing cycle of life in the garden with so much beauty and a bit of drama—there is the girl playfully trying to catch grasshoppers in her net, and then on the next spread, there is a vicious-looking garter snake, fangs bared, about to chomp down on a grasshopper: “Snap!”. The richly-textured mixed media illustrations help the transition from season to season feel natural and smooth—crocuses bloom, then bees are buzzing, then the girl and her Nana are sweating, wearing shorts and taking a break in the early-summer garden.

Have a budding gardener on your hands? Or maybe just a dirt enthusiast? Reading this book will lend plenty of encouragement and inspiration for getting outside and discovering little surprises hiding in your garden. Ages 5-8.
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" Messner's use of verbs in this beautifully written picture book is worthy of study, emulation, and admiration. " said.

" “Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” by Kate Messner with art by Christopher Silas Neal c) 2015I checked this one out after my November 15 review. The book is gorgeous and just makes me long for my garden. I cannot wait for gardening season again!The facts regarding above and below are excellent. " said.

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