Farm life, husbandry, and gardening

hengel coolbasil 260x260 Farm life, husbandry, and gardeningHengel, Katherine Cool Basil from Garden to Table: How to Plant, Grow, and Prepare Basil
Gr. 4–6  32 pp. ABDO

Hengel, Katherine Cool Carrots from Garden to Table: How to Plant, Grow, and Prepare Carrots
Gr. 4–6  32 pp. ABDO

Hengel, Katherine Cool Green Beans from Garden to Table: How to Plant, Grow, and Prepare Green Beans
Gr. 4–6  32 pp. ABDO

Hengel, Katherine Cool Leaf Lettuce from Garden to Table: How to Plant, Grow, and Prepare Lettuce
Gr. 4–6  32 pp. ABDO
Checkerboard How-To Library: Cool Garden to Table series. Each book provides a brief description of the vegetable or herb; how to plant, grow, and harvest it; followed by lengthy picture lists of ingredients, cooking tools, and cooking terms. While not go-to gardening books, the six relevant recipes in each title (e.g., “Creamy Carrot Soup,” “Berry Good Vinaigrette Salad”) with easy-to-follow steps may help young readers accomplish their cookery goals. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Farm Life, Husbandry, and Gardening; Herbs; Cookery; Food; Fruits and vegetables—Carrots; Cookery

heppermann citychickens 233x300 Farm life, husbandry, and gardeningHeppermann, Christine City Chickens
Gr. 4–6  53 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
An endearing account of a home-based shelter for chickens in Minneapolis. Clear first-hand accounts of the shelter’s origins, why and how various chickens were rescued, and rescue-chicken caretaking will keep readers enthralled. Numerous captioned photographs of the shelter and its owners, charismatic rescued chickens, and some special chicken adopters underscore the love and dedication of this unique operation.
Subjects: Farm Life, Husbandry, and Gardening; Minnesota; Animal shelters; Animals—Chickens; City and town life; Wildlife rescue

malam butterflyfarm 260x420 Farm life, husbandry, and gardeningMalam, John Grow Your Own Butterfly Farm
Gr. K–3  32 pp. Heinemann

Malam, John Grow Your Own Cat Toy
Gr. K–3  32 pp. Heinemann

Malam, John Grow Your Own Sandwich
Gr. K–3  32 pp. Heinemann
Grow It Yourself series. In this DIY series for outdoorsy kids, minimal texts explain how to grow flowers, catnip, and tomatoes. Cat Toy and Sandwich end with step-by-step instructions for making the title products. Butterfly Farm is less focused, jumping from descriptions of butterflies to information on flowers to planning and care of a garden. Attractive close-up photos will engage readers. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Farm Life, Husbandry, and Gardening; Animals—Butterflies; Animals—Cats; Plants; Handicrafts; Fruits and vegetables—Tomatoes

malnor mollys organic farm 300x254 Farm life, husbandry, and gardeningMalnor, Carol L. and Hunner, Trina L. Molly’s Organic Farm
Gr K–3  32 pp. Dawn
Illustrated by Trina L. Hunner. In this picture book based on real events, when a stray cat appears at a community farm, she is welcomed by the farmers and makes herself at home among the plants. Molly the cat’s presence steers the text’s discussion of organic farming, with back matter adding more details about topics such as crop rotation, companion planting, and compost. The child-friendly illustrations, including photos of the real-life Molly, complement the approachable story.
Subjects: Picture Books; Gardens and gardening; Farms and farm life; Animals—Cats; Pets; Environment

zoehfeld secretsofgarden 300x241 Farm life, husbandry, and gardeningZoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard
Gr. K–3  40 pp. Knopf
Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont. Alice and her family grow edible plants, raise chickens, and enjoy the wide variety of living things in their backyard ecosystem. Scientific information is included about such topics as composting, plant life cycles, food chains and food webs, and nutrition, with anthropomorphized chickens explaining the underlying facts. Changes during the garden growing season are attractively portrayed in Lamont’s cheery illustrations.
Subjects: Farm Life, Husbandry, and Gardening; Life cycles; Plants; Food chains; Animals—Chickens

From the April 2013 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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