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Grow a Garden
Submitted by: Jennifer Schultz, Octavia Fields
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Little Green by:Baker, Keith
Little Green is a hummingbird. He zips, jigs, and jags all around the garden, under the watchful eye of a young artist. There is minimal text-one or two lines per page. The illustrations are wonderful and very eye-catching. This could also be used in an artist/painting themed storytime.
There?s a Billy Goat in the Garden by:Gugler, Laurel Dee
This little billy goat will not leave the garden. One by one, various animals (rooster, dog, pig, and more) think they can get him out, with no luck. ?I?m bigger? says each consecutive animal, but that doesn?t seem to matter. And then the little bumblebee buzzes by. This can also be used in an animal sounds storytime. You can involve your audience by having them say ?will NOT come out? with you.
The Surprise Garden by:Hall, Zoe
We?re (for the reader is included in the story) planting a surprise garden! We have to loosen the soil, water the seeds, and watch the petals fall off to reveal our surprises! The illustrations are very cute-lots of happy children, a curious dog investigates a wary rabbit, etc. This could also be used as a summertime themed storytime.
Inch By Inch: The Garden Song by:Mallett, David
?Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow? begins this tale of a hard working gardener taking care of his garden. Each page has approximately two lines. This would also be a good selection for an Earth Day activity (?Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her love and care?). Some spirituality is implied in the song (?Plant your rows straight and long, temper them with prayer and song.?).
What Does Bunny See? by:Park, Linda Sue
Bunny is hopping through a lovely cottage garden, seeing all kinds of beautifully colored flowers. You can involve your audience by having them say the color of the flower (the last sentence of the first page reads ?Bunny hopping down the path/what she sees is? and the next page reads ?red! Blushing scarlet poppies bloom just above her head?). You can use this with a color themed storytime.
Scarlette Beane by:Wallace, Karen
Scarlette is quite an unusual girl. She was born with a red face and green fingertips. Because she was so remarkable, her parents knew she would ?grow tall and strong and do something wonderful.? She lives in a house that looks like a garden shed; because it is very small, the family works outside as often as they can. For her fifth birthday, she received her very own vegetable garden. Through this garden, Scarlette indeed does something wonderful. The illustrations are very colorful and intriguing. This is a good story about differences and community involvement.
Songs
Planting Time
Sung to: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Dig, dig, dig the earth
(make digging motion)
Then you plant your seeds
(pretend to drop seeds)
A gentle rain
(Flutter fingers down)
And bright sunshine
(Circle arms above head)
Will help your flowers grow
(Hold one arm parallel to ground and move other arm up behind it with
fingers extended to represent a flower growing)
A Little Sun
A little sun (hold arms above head)
A little rain (wiggle fingers in the air in a downward motion)
Now pull up all the weeds (pretend to pull weeds)
Our flowers grow, all in a row (hold up all ten fingers lined up like flowers)
From tiny little seeds. (hold thumb and finger to show size of seeds)
Flowers
Five little flowers standing in the sun (hold up five fingers)
See their heads nodding, bowing one by one? (bend fingers several times)
Down, down, down comes the gentle rain (raise hands, wiggle fingers and lower
arms to simulate falling rain) And the five little flowers lift their heads up again! (hold up five fingers%)
This is the Way We Plant Our Seeds
Sung to: "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush."

Act out song while singing...

This is the way we plant our seeds,
Plant our seeds, plant our seeds.
This is the way we plant our seeds,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the wind does blow,
Wind does blow, wind does blow.
This is the way the wind does blow,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the rain comes down,
Rain comes down, rain comes down.
This is the way the rain comes down,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the sun shines bright,
Sun shines bright, sun shines bright.
This is the way the sun shines bright,
Early in the morning.

This is the way the seed grows up,
Seed grows up, seed grows up.
This is the way the seed grows up,
Early in the morning.

This is the way we hoe the soil,
Hoe the soil, hoe the soil.
This is the way we hoe the soil,
Early in the morning.

This is the way we pick our beans,
Pick our beans, pick our beans.
This is the way we pick our beans,
Early in the morning.
Other
Felt Board suggestion:

Five spring flowers, all in a row.
The first one said, "We need rain to grow!"
The second one said, "Oh my, we need water!"
The third one said, "Yes, it is getting hotter!"
The fourth one said, "I see clouds in the sky."
The fifth one said, "I wonder why?"

Then BOOM went the thunder
And ZAP went the lightning!
That springtime storm was really frightening!
But the flowers weren't worried?no, no, no, no!
The rain helped them to grow, grow, GROW!

You can have your audience say "boom" and "zap" and stretch arms up to symbolize growing flowers.