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What Grows in the Garden? is the first of a series of three children's books to be published by NYBG Press. From broccoli to tomatoes, this book offers beautiful full-color illustrations intended for children ages 4 to 8 and older. Children learn where vegetables are grown. But do they know how they grow and what part of the plant is edible? This book offers an engaging story of 12 different types of vegetables started from either seeds, transplants, or bulbs.
This series helps children gain a thorough understanding for the importance of our environment and gardens. The books are quick and easy reads, that offer an excellent way for kids to grasp the subject matter as it relates to gardens. They really drive home the message and encourage children to think about the concepts without being overwhelmed with information. The books introduce new concepts/items/ideas (i.e., vegetables, habitats, senses) in a fun and catchy way using straight-forward, repetitive questions and aesthetically pleasing, specific illustrations to engage the reader and help to easily explain the materials. Important information is simply and directly stated and broken down into categories that allow children to follow along comfortably, predict the story line and focus on the content (rather then get caught up in the words). For young children, this makes it easy to become familiar with the books and increases the likelihood they will read them again. Little readers are sure to be excited about getting into the garden to continue learning!
What Grows in the Garden? by Anne Mottola is a beautifully illustrated book that clearly demystifies the fruit versus vegetable debate and offers fantastic support for the question of where our food comes from. I really enjoyed the balance of scientific rigor and creative whimsy. This book is perfect for a young audience and a powerful invitation to start growing your own vegetables and watching them develop. Maria Mottola's illustrations make me hungry for fresh vegetables!
I really enjoyed sharing this book with my kids. The illustrations are enchanting and the story simple enough to keep their attention. What a great way to introduce children to the wonders of gardening.
I reviewed an advanced copy of this book, and it's absolutely wonderful. The "educational" aspect is subtle and fun enough to not feel heavy handed, and the illustrations are perfect -- whimsical, light, airy, and FUN. Bravo to the Mottola sisters!
My 3 year old loves the book "What Grows in the Garden" by Anne Mottola. This is an adorable book about fruits and vegetables that grow in a garden. We read it together and talk about our favorite vegetables. She loves the carrots and peas. She especially likes the peas that look like balloons! The beautiful illustrations by Maria Mottola make this book fun for kids. I highly recommend this book.
This is a very special book that is a fun read for children and very educational. Plus, it's a great book to read as a family and to children of all ages.
This book is as delightful as it is instructional. The whimsy and humor make it an engaging read for young gardeners and curious kids.
Excellent book not only for children but for adults too. Informative and educational. Artwork is delightful. Read it to a 3 year old and he was engaged throughout the reading. Will become a favorite!
Beautiful book! I just ordered it for my daughter for Christmas. Cute story and illustrations. A classic for all.
Anne Mottola was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Anne started gardening as a child, alongside her father who grew up on a farm and worked most of his life as a teacher. Anne graduated with a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University's School of Social Welfare. Anne's professional career began with twelve years working in child-oriented social service agencies. Anne is currently an instructor for the Edible Academy at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, an instructor for Kaleidoscope Garden Design, LLC in Westchester, NY, and the lead garden instructor for the school garden she created and maintains at Osborn Elementary School in Rye, NY. Anne is a freelance graphic designer, a tutor to elementary age children, and a very proud mom to her 16-year old daughter. In June of 2014, Anne earned her Gardening Certificate at The New York Botanical Garden. Anne enjoys most fruits and vegetables, in particular, snap peas and granny smith apples and thinks kohlrabi is the coolest one to grow. Anne is thrilled to have fulfilled a dream of hers - creating a children's book with her sister Mia. Anne Mottola's Author Page
Maria Mottola has been drawing since she won the Saint Agnes Elementary School poster contest in 1966. She studied at The Art Students League in New York, NY with Nicki Orbach and was a student in Sherry Camhy's private studio class. Her work has appeared in Travel and Leisure, City Limits, The Guardian, and the Village Voice as well as in numerous publications for various non-profit organizations. She has exhibited her work in the New York metro area including the STAND Art Show in Brooklyn, NY and the National Arts Club in New York, NY. Maria Mottola's Author Page