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Good Garden : CitizenKid - MILWAY KATIE SMITH

Good Garden


Hardcover Published: 1st September 2010
ISBN: 9781554534883
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 7 - 8 years old

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From the best-selling author of One Hen comes the inspiring story of one struggling farming family in Honduras and their journey to growing enough food to meet their needs. Based on the real story of farm transformation underway in Honduras and many other countries, this book offers children ways they can be part of the movement to grow "good gardens" and foster food security. Eleven-year-old Maria Luz and her family live on a small farm. This year their crop is poor, and they may not have enough to eat or to sell for other essentials, such as health care, school uniforms and books. When Maria's father must leave home to find work, she is left in charge of their garden. Then a new teacher comes to Maria's school and introduces her to sustainable farming practices that yield good crops. As Maria begins to use the same methods at home, she too sees improvements, which allow her family to edge their way out of the grip of the greedy "coyotes" - the middlemen who make profits on the backs of poor farmers. Little by little, the farms - and the hopes - of Maria and her neighbors are transformed as good gardens begin to grow. AGES: 8-12 AUTHOR: Katie Smith Milway is a partner in Bridgespan's Boston office and a leader of the firm's knowledge group. She brings to the job a background in journalism, nonprofit management and strategy consulting. Prior to joining Bridgespan she was a senior director and founding publisher at Bain and Company, where she built and managed a global team of editors and writers who guided the transformation of Bain's intellectual capital into external and internal publications. Sylvie Daigneault was born in Montreal, Quebec, where from a very young age she spent her summers at a country cottage. There was no television, no radio - just books, a lake to swim in and nature for inspiration, all of which gave her creative mind a chance to blossom. While at the cottage, Sylvie also learned how to garden, sew and knit with her mother. With her friend, she once built a miniature house on the beach made of small twigs and pieces of bark. It was very lifelike, had a stone path, a well, weeds for trees and a vegetable garden surrounded by a rustic fence. Colour illustrations

Taken at a literal level, this is a story of how sustainable farming practices can nourish families and the earth simultaneously. On a deeper level, it is about social justice and self-sustaining economies, which make this a book that can span a broader interest level. The stylized colored-pencil artwork is appropriately lush and idealized.--School Library Journal Though the text is not simple, the appealing design will support less able readers.--Kirkus Reviews More about food security and sustainable farming closes this moving, informative entry in the publisher's CitizenKid line ...--Booklist

ISBN: 9781554534883
ISBN-10: 1554534887
Series: CitizenKid
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7 - 8 years old
For Grades: 2 - 3
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: KIDS CAN PR
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 22.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52