Thursday, March 15, 2012


The daffodils and crocus are blooming in my yard and the flowering trees are already spreading color outside my windows. I love fresh flowers. I love them best when they're growing rather than cut and boxed from a florist.
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting is a story about growing flowers, but it's much more than that. It's a story of a father and daughter who carefully plan and take all the steps needed to produce a beautiful window box for a birthday surprise. The illustrations by Kathryn Hewitt are warm and beautiful like the story.

The rhyming verse and pace of the story make for a perfect read aloud choice. Be ready to make a trip to your local nursery and plant a flower garden yourself after reading!

Art Extension Idea:
Flower Pounding Art - a twist on pressed flowers.
Use fresh flowers (or weeds like dandelions) to create floral inspired artwork that's unique and lasts. Gives big muscles a workout too as the flowers are gently pounded with a mallet or wooden block.
This technique also works for all types of green leaves in the spring and summer. Frame the finished piece for a lovely reminder of fresh posies all year long.

Family Fun

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