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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal

Up in the garden, the world is full of green leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, and ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves and down in the dirt.

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Inside Plants

Miles Kelly

This very fun and wonderfully illustrated book will help students discover how plants work. From germination all the way to photosynthesis with the help of amazing illustrations, cutaway views, magnified insets and detailed photographs. This book will need to be returned.

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Plant The Tiny Seed

Christie Matheson

This colorful and playful book will help young students better understand how tiny seeds bloom into beautiful flowers. By tapping, clapping, waving, and more, young readers can join in the action! Christie Matheson masterfully combines the wonder of the natural world with the interactivity of reading.

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Vegetable Garden

Douglas Florian

Children are fascinated by watching plants grow, and in this colorful picture book even the very young children can follow along with a family as they plant, tend, and harvest a vegetable garden. the sun shines brightly, summer rain falls, and vegetables grow and ripen.

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Good Morning, Chick

Mirra Ginsburg

An ingenious barnyard story, brief but well-paced, simple but colorful. the bright pictures and the wealth of animal sounds and actions make it a natural for the very youngest.

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“Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup.” So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tolls are pictured and labeled, as are the seeds (green bean, pea, corn, zucchini squash, and carrot). Then the real gardening happens…planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, shopping and cooking! In the end? “It was the best soup ever.” Ehlert’s simple, colorful cut-paper style illustrations are child-friendly, as is the big black type. A recipe for vegetable soup tops it all off!

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Barnyard Banter

Denise Fleming

It’s another noisy morning on the farm, and all of the animals are where they should be– except Goose. And where is Goose? Young children will enjoy clucking, mucking, mewing, and cooing while they search for Goose on every gorgeously illustrated spread.

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Pumpkins

Mary Lyn Ray

This is a story about a field and a man who loved it enough to do something to save it from development. Based on the author’s personal efforts to protect the land, this story broadcasts a deliberate and timely environmental message that, like the intentionally nameless protagonist, anyone can make a difference.

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Combine Harvesters

Hannah Wilson

This book belongs to the great Kingfisher Readers series. This series includes books made for different reading levels, this book is level 2. It includes engaging pictures to help readers understand, as well as adding in longer sentences with a broader vocabulary. This book will give students a more in depth understanding of what a combine looks like and how farmers use this large piece of machinery to harvest their crops.

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Spring has arrived and pollen is in the air. Baby Bear does not like the pollen-it sticks to his fur and makes him itchy and sneezy. He’s allergic! He just wishes the pollen were gone. When his friends gather to tell him why they need pollen, Baby Bear learns that pollen is good for the forest and provides food for many animals, including him! Pollen might be something we all love to hate, but can we really live without it? This story explains why we need it. This book will need to be returned.

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