Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 36 user ratings

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

" From the muddy days of early spring through moonlit autumn nights, a little girl and her Nana plant, tend and enjoy their garden. Insects and animals do their part, too, stirring the soil, eating pests and pollinating plants. Kate Messner's vivid descriptions of cool, crumbly earth, hot sun, and summer breezes will have readers itching to get their hands dirty.Reviewed for the Baltimore Sun, March 2015. " 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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