SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Little Gardener: Helping Children Connect with the Natural World

Princeton Architectural. Mar. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9781616898601. $24.95. CHILD REARING
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An outdoor educator who works at the Farm at the Landing in Stuyvesant, NY, Cerny has been teaching about gardening and nature for over a decade. Why should students pursue gardening? It cultivates ecological literacy, which is vital for children understanding how ecological systems support all life on Earth and how our personal choices affect the environment. Cerny captures the child’s imagination by asking them to envision their dream garden, then turns their visions into reality by setting goals for its creation. The cycle is completed when children bring their own gardens to life and are able to sustain their own well-being by eating the foods they grew themselves. Multidisciplinary in scope, this book contains reading lists, journal prompts, and math and art tie-ins.
VERDICT A comprehensive, fun, and colorful hands-on guide to gardening that will be enjoyable for children of all ages.

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