Michelle’s Garden: How the First Lady Planted Seeds of Change

Sharee Miller. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-45857-3
Beginning with how Michelle Obama’s earliest introduction to healthy lifestyle choices bloomed into a love of fresh produce and staying active, Miller pays tribute to the figure’s eventual hope “to help all kids be healthier.” As First Lady, aiming to excite kids about “eating more fruits and vegetables,” Obama creates the largest kitchen garden in White House history, despite having never before gardened. Unsure where to begin, she invites chefs and gardeners to show her the ropes, and students to help plant, water, and harvest the 1,100-sq.-ft. plot—planting seeds that inspire “more families, schools, and urban communities across the country to build their own.” Miller’s watercolor, colored pencil, and ink illustrations show expressive images of Obama’s unyielding commitment to the project alongside tools needed to get the job done. Back matter includes additional information about the White House Kitchen Garden and an easy-to-follow activity for starting a paper cup garden. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 02/25/2021
Release date: 03/02/2021
Genre: Children's
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