Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld & Priscilla Lamont
Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard

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Alice's family plants a vegetable garden each spring, and this budding naturalist reports all she sees about how the plants grow, what insects come to eat the plants, and what birds and animals come to eat the insects.  It's the food chain, right in her own backyard!While Alice's narrative is simple and engaging, science concepts are presented in more depth in sidebars by a pair of very knowledgeable (and highly amusing) chickens! Noted science writer Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld knows how to layer information to make it accessible to a wide range of readers and useful for educators. And illustrator Priscilla Lamont's funny, friendly paintings make this a garden everyone will want to explore.Kids will eat up this wonderful book of backyard science—and perhaps they'll even be inspired to eat their vegetables!
 

About Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld & Priscilla Lamont

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AARON REYNOLDS is the author of numerous great books for kids, including "Chicks and Salsa," "Tale of the Poisonous Yuck Bugs, The Nineteenth of Maquerk, "and "Breaking Out of the Bungle Bird. "He lives near Chicago, where his wife, two kids, and four cats keep life spicy. Visit the author at www.aaron-reynolds.com. PAULETTE BOGAN is the author and/or illustrator of many picture books for children, including "Chicks and Salsa" and "Goodnight Lulu," She lives with her family in New York City.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf BFYR. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Cooking, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Zoehfeld's latest is a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest.

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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 indoo

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City Book Review

Rabbits, mice and bugs also eat the plants, and they get eaten by hawks and other bugs, and they get energy.

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Portland Book Review

This is one of the takeaways from Secrets of the Garden, a charmingly illustrated romp through a family’s backyard garden.

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Youth Services Book Review

Throughout the book there are little extra doses of information, much of it imparted by two chickens that take on the roll of teachers and give lessons on food chains, herbivores vs.

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