Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Author, Priscilla Lamont, Illustrator
Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illus. by Priscilla Lamont. Knopf, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-517-70990-0
Reviewed on: 01/09/2012
Release date: 02/28/2012
Library Binding - 40 pages - 978-0-517-70991-7
Paperback - 34 pages - 978-0-385-75364-7
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As Alice’s family’s vegetable garden grows, Alice learns about seeding, sowing, and the web of life. “Early in spring, Mom planted tomato and green pepper seeds in small pots. She kept them warm indoors by a sunny window. Now her seedlings are ready to go in the garden,” she explains. She converses with her family members via dialogue balloons (“Look at this shiny bug!”), while two highly knowledgeable chickens, Maisy and Daisy, explain concepts like photosynthesis, composting, and food chains. Lamont’s pen-and-watercolor art is filled with humorous, cozy, and informative details. This intimate portrait of a single garden points to how all ecosystems are connected. Ages 5–up. (Feb.)
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