Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-03-12 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 36 user ratings

" Completely original look at what is going above and below the ground all year long. Beautiful, soft illustrations and quiet story about a little girl who plants and cares for a garden with her Nana. As a bonus, there is a mountain of information at the back about all those helpful, and not so helpful, little critters down in the dirt. 3+ " said.

" I enjoyed this lovely book in the same vein as Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, wonderfully illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Kids will once again be captivated about what is busily thriving under the ground while we enjoy what's growing on top of it! I also love the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter and the circle of life shown by the passing of seasons. " said.

" If you liked this book, you might also enjoy:✱ Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems✱ Some Bugs " said.

" This lovely picture book is many things:*A companion to OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW that can be used to compare seasons*A sweet grandparent/grandchild book*An explanation of how things grow, both underground as well as on top*A fun, look for the details book*A nice intro to gardening in general...*...and animals and insects in specific (details at end of book)Former teacher, Messner, writes beautifully and gives great science content at the same time. " said.

" Spend a year in the vegetable garden both above and below ground. Above ground, Nana and the child prepare the garden, plant the seeds, weed, water, and harvest. Birds, bees, bats, ladybugs, skunks, and snakes all do their part to help the garden grow while below ground the worms, grums, beetles, and ants work in the dirt. Each page shows something that is happening in the garden. " said.

" 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.

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