If I could only take one children’s gardening book on to that desert island it would have to be ‘Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow’ by Sarah Garland. It is a simple, homely and feel good story about a little boy growing vegetables and flowers with his family. It has held the attention of my 6 year old for the last 3 years and there is still more staying power in it.
Give your child their own plot of earth, let them dig and plant their own seeds and any child will identify with Eddie. What helps Eddie’s garden to grow? Your little ones may well be able to answer that question and you certainly will because you will be reading it to them lots of time.
The story involves 3 generations of the same family. A nice touch as grandparents often help with nurturing those little green fingers. The illustrations include colourful characters from the garden. The ubiquitous robin always around when digging is on the go, wriggly worms and those evil snails. Eddie himself is inspired by the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk.
There is a useful list of Eddie’s plants of 12 vegetables and edible flowers, with brief growing instructions. It is a great starter gardening book.
If you only read your children one book about gardening let it be this one. This is the time of year to get growing and sowing and this is the ideal book to read with your kids.