In The Garden With Dr. Carver

About the book

Title

In the Garden With Dr. Carver

Author

Susan Grigsby

Publisher

Tillbury House Publishers

Ages 4 – 7

Sally is a young girl living in rural Alabama in the early 1900s, a time when people were struggling to grow food in soil that had been depleted by years of cotton production.
One day, Dr. George Washington Carver shows up to help the grownups with their farms and the children with their school garden. He teaches them how to restore the soil and respect the balance of nature. He even prepares a delicious lunch made of plants, including “chicken” made from peanuts. And Sally never forgets the lessons this wise man leaves in her heart and mind. Susan Grigsby’s warm story shines new light on an African American scientist who was ahead of his time.
Tadgell’s watercolors add both playful side business and accurate botanical illustration to this admiring child’s account of the famous scientist’s stopover in a rural community Kirkus Reviews

The watercolor illustrations include many humorous asides of children acting like children School Library Journal

ISBN: 978-0884485230 PUBLISHED: March 1, 2019 FORMAT: Picture book

Awards

2011 Growing Good Kids

Excellence in Children’s Literature Award
  • 2012-2013 Children’s Crown Gallery Nominee
  • A 2011 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • A 2011 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year | Bank Street College of Education

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Tadgell’s watercolors add both playful side business and accurate botanical illustration to this admiring child’s account of the famous scientist’s stopover in a rural community…Though fictionalized, the encounter presents Carver’s work and ideas in a simple, engaging way that will stay with young readers.

Booklist

In this charming historical-fiction picture book, a young girl relates an educational and inspirational visit by Dr. George Washington Carver to her Alabama town…this is an enjoyable, accessible, and informative introduction to Carver’s work and philosophies as well as gardening basics.

School Library Journal

The watercolor illustrations include many humorous asides of children acting like children—making horrified faces as they taste Dr. Carver’s menu of “chicken” made from peanuts and wild-weed salad, or being silly with friends when they are supposed to be listening. Scientific and historical information is well-presented through the gentle text and lighthearted illustrations. Teachers will find many uses for this appealing book.

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