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20 July 2011

Children's book giveaway

About a year ago I was contacted by the British publisher Dorling Kindersley asking if they could use some of my blog's loofa photos in a book they were producing. I said yes and asked them to send me some copies. That book has now been published and I have those copies. The book is produced in association with the Royal Horticultural Society and is called How Does My Garden Grow.  It is suitable for girls and boys aged 7 - 12 year old but would be a useful picture guide for a younger child with someone reading the text and explaining as they go. I've read through the book and it's a very interesting and accurate guide to the garden and projects coming from it.





The book features subjects such as growing seeds, the basic requirements of water, sun and soil, how to grow corn and make corn paper, herbs, water gardens, loofas and a variety of recipes using the food grown. I have two books to give away and will send them locally or internationally. To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is make a comment about who you would give this book to, and why. I'll do the draw next Wednesday. Good luck!

Sarndra's blog is back. I'm looking forward to seeing some lovely photos there.

153 comments:

  1. I would love to have a copy to send to my great neice who is about to turn 3 years old. I know she would love it. Everytime we see each other we read books.

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  2. Hello Miss Rhonda,my 9 year old grandddaughter is very "girly" and loves to learn things about cooking, baking and sewing. This summer we enrolled her in numerus classes that would peak her intrest more and she loves it! I have tried teaching her the little that i know about gardening knowing thatall this things well be used in her life time. (besides loving and spoiling them,thats what grandmas are for...right? Espy : )

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  3. I would love to give this book to my little niece and her 2 brothers as they love gardening with their Mom and Grandma so much.

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  4. I would love to win one of these books for my children! They love to garden (they've had their own veggie garden since they were 1 & 3 years old), and I love DK books :)
    ~Melanie in Canada

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  5. My boys would LOVE this book! Congrats on having your photo included.

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  6. Looks like a wonderful book, being the first to leave a comment might mean good luck:)
    Blessings

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  7. a definite must for my soon to be grandchild. His great grandfather always had a large garden. Now that he's passed, this will be a way to continue the legacy. Incidentally, they are scheduled to share the same birthdate.

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  8. Rhonda,

    I look forward to your daily posts. My husband and I have been trying to simplify our lives for the last year. I find your ideas for saving and living simply very encouraging. Our 9 year old grandson lives with us and we homeschool him. We started a garden and he enjoys working in it very much. We live in Florida and it is hot and humid and it has been rough trying to keep the garden alive but he is out there watering and helping everyday. I would give the book to him as he would enjoy it very much.
    Blessings to you and yours,
    Nicsnana

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  9. I'd give it to my sweet Eden. Eden is my 4 year old girl who was (rightly so) named after the first garden! She loves everything gardening and outdoors.

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  10. Hello! What a delightful looking book and how fun to have your photos published in a children's gardening book!

    My five year old girl loves to both garden and make things...I know she would love this book!

    ~Amber

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  11. What a lovely book! And congratulations on having your photos in there - I tried growing loofahs here in Christchurch but I think it's too cold. I would give this book to my 9 year old daughter, Meredith - my children have a fascination for our vege garden and my daughter especially would love to try out those garden crafts. That corn paper looks intriguing.
    Thank you for the opportunity.
    Rachel

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  12. Hi

    My 8 year old daughter has really struggled with her reading. She is very creative but reading is not her forte.

    We have brought a few children's recipe books and these have been great encouaging her to read and cook (things that I am passionate about teaching her).

    I think she would love this book and get lots of ideas on what things she could make. Hopefully she would not even worry about all the reading that is involved. With lots of pictures it would also help her to work out the words.

    It looks like there a lots of fun projects.

    Larissa

    P.S What pcitures of yours did they use?

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  13. Hello Rhonda,
    This book would be great for my son nearly 9yrs & daughter 5yrs. Last Summer & this winter has been a long one with not much gardening being done & concentrating instead on our our new normal life while still living through all our aftershocks. We actually said the other day that this spring is going to be our get back in love with nature time, (it's been hard loving something that scares you so much). The children still smile here & thats the main thing:) Ps, We live in Christchurch NZ. Vanessa.

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  14. Hi Rhonda, first time commenter here, I love your blog, it totally reflects the way I try to live. One of my other loves is an orchard and vege garden I helped to start and maintain at Edendale primary school in Auckland (i have 2 girls there. We began 3 years ago and I would love this book for the kids and teachers at our school. It is one thing to grow food but quite another getting an entire school of 650 kids and their teachers enthusiastic enough to join in and use the produce. It's books like this that help to link it all together in a fun way. I have kept a blog about our progress over the last 3 years www.edendaleschool.wordpress.com
    Thank you for your blog, I read you whilst eating my porridge every morning :-)
    Regards,
    Karen Ward

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  15. Larissa, just over the page from the growing loofa information, they show how to clean and prepare a loofa to use in the bath. The first of those photos, showing the harvesting, of the loofa and the seeds, as well as soaking as mine. :- )

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  16. Morning Rhonda :)
    Our 4 homeschooled children would love this! They have been working closely with both their grandfather's in the garden (ours and theirs!)over this past year and it would be such a great additional educational tool for us. How wonderful of DK to give you copies and that produce from your lovely garden is featured. Congrats!
    Lusi :)

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  17. Hi Rhonda

    I would love this for my 9 year old son, who is slowly being encouraged to spend some time outside, instead of half his free time using technology (the other half he reads, so it isn't a total disaster...lol!). We have a lovely veggie garden that we would LOVE for him to participate in - this book could be just the ticket!

    Thanks so much for this lovely opportunity!

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  18. I'd love to add this to my collection for my 5 month old Henry who's already been out keeping mommy company in the garden (in the shade in the evenings of course!) and his cousins - who I growing certains things for just for them to explore!

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  19. I would give this book to my seven year old daughter. She LOVES to garden, and is very creative with her gardening. She is also an avid reader and would thoroughly enjoy the book... looks sweet!

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  20. Oh, this book looks wonderful! I would give it to my own children. We have a fairly large garden but the kids are only minimally involved at present. As a child, my imagination was always inspired by gardens and I used to try to plant those 80's Disney seeds with the snapdragons and marigolds -- only, I could get nothing to grow in our dry, hardpan dirt in Western Australia....the disappointment! My kids are blessed to live in the fertile Ohio Valley, and pretty much everything grows here. They would love this book.

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  21. Hi Rhonda,
    To me books are everything!My 5 children had library cards before they were one. I can't go a day without reading, I buy books, borrow books, attempt to write in notepads. If I win 'How Does My Garden Grow'I will give it to my darling grandson, Kristian, who although only a little over 2 reads with his parents every day. His mother tries to fill his days with non materialistic activity so the corn paper would be a hit.I make paper but have not heard of this one? How special to have your loofa's in the book!
    Vickixx

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  22. I would for sure be sharing this nook with my almost 4 year old son who just LOVES being in the garden. He has already grown sunflowers, peas and nasturtiums (he can't wait for these to grow so he can eat the flowers). Looks like a lovely book!

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  23. Oh, and I almost forgot to say CONGRATS on getting published again! AFA garden inspiration, I just recently posted about a wonderful place I take my children to get their garden-y imaginations engaged, and mine too! I wish every city had a place like this: http://brasstacksandbasics.blogspot.com/2011/07/this-could-be-my-backyard.html

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  24. Antonio (9) and Marivi (5) have their first bit of earth this year and for their first adventure they have grown tomatoes and peppers. This looks like an ideal book to inspire us to our next project.
    Sandra

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  25. My daughter Matilda would love this book. She's six and loves to meander through my garden snacking on herbs, tomatoes, and berries, and she'd love this book!

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  26. I would love this book for my nephew as he spends to much time inside and hopefully this would encourage him to spend more time outside!! I love to garden and love, even moreso, encouraging others to do so!!

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  27. I know two lovely little girls (5&8) who are moving into a modest home of their own in a few months. This book would be a wonderful addition to their new life as their homeschooling takes off, also! ~Pogonia sejotess@yahoo.com

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  28. i love the look of this book & my girls would love a copy. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  29. I'd give the book to my little boy, even though he is only 2 months old, we look at pictures in books regularly -- well, each night if he isn't too frantically hungry and wanting to nurse. Anyhoo, These are the kinds of books I'm collecting for him!

    Rachael

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  30. I'd like this book for my youngest daughter, 12 and my grandchildren 9, 4 and nearly 1. My daughter already shows/teaches her nieces and nephew things from her books and all the older children enjoy growing plants and collecting the produce. They also love helping to prepare or cook it. This book would encourage their interest.
    I'm off to Sarndra's blog to see more of Peanut!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  31. I would give this to my grandson who is currently living with. He has a difficult life because of his disabililties, not physical ones. He now has his own garden here and is as pleased as Punch.
    Jill of Laidley

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  32. I would love to give this to my 9 year old who loves gardening and loves to make things, this would be right up his alley.

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  33. Thankyou Rhonda,for sharing your good fortune and wisdom with us, all the time we appreciate you. I,d love to win a copy. Congratulations, your work really has spread far and wide to the next generation.My grandies are 4,2 and 3 months. We garden with the two older ones planting seeds and picking weeds,they love it.
    Off to Sarndras blog now .
    Linda

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  34. Hi Rhonda,

    I would love to send my eleven year old grandson a copy of this book. He has had a tiny little garden now for two years in a row and loves watching things grow. I love watching him grow.

    By the way, I want to mention that I just finished reading your posts for May, 2007...for the second time, I think. I am happy to report that what you said back then is still so true today. For your newer readers who want a good lesson in simplicity, I recommend that they read all your May, 2007 posts. Thank you for all you do to keep us grounded.

    Diane in North Carolina

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  35. Looks like a wonderful book! I would give them to my new grandbaby and hopefully garden right along with them!

    Charlene in Kentucky

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  36. I vote for Karen Ward who works on the school garden. What better than for the book to be shared with a big group of students.

    l,
    BStitches

    ps. If you ever play around with the corn paper, show us how that works out. I'm curious on that.

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  37. Hi Rhonda, my daughter would love this book as we have just started our first vege garden. We have also just been giving some loofah seeds so it would be great to learn how to grow them in a book with great photos
    Thanks Kelly

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  38. Hello. I would love to give this to my 6 year old step daughter. She loves helping in the garden when she stays with us and gets very excited about eating vegetables that she has picked from the garden. She is also at the stage where she loves to read anything that comes her way; shop signs, milk cartons, childrens books... This book would be perfect for her. Thank you

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  39. Hi Rhonda, I would give this book to my 8yr old son, with his 4yr old brother reaping the benefits too. We're moving to Portland, Victoria (to the country!) from Melbourne, at the end of the year. He's understandably a little anxious about it. We've been talking about the activities we can do there and how it will be different from now. We currently live in a unit with not much garden space and not enough direct sunlight for great veggie gardening success (we've tried!) and will suddenly have more room (and time) for gardening. I think this book would give him (and his brown-thumbed parents) some great inspiration and something else positive to focus on for the move.
    Claire

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  40. Lovely giveaway, I would appreciate a copy for my 9 year old daughter who wants to create her very own flower garden :)

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  41. Congrats on having your photos published!
    I love DK books. I used to sell them party plan I loved them that much. They are great boooks, with very clear inttructions and pictures. I still have pretty much all of the books I used to have in my collection.
    I would love to give this book to Ethan (my nearly 3 year old) for christmas. He has taken a keen interest in gardening. We actually have some multicoloured carrot seeds here that Brian and Ethan are are going to plant in the next few days hopefully (weather pending).
    I love that they have crafty things in there too.

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  42. Good morning, Rhonda. I'd give this book to my reluctant gardener son. He enjoys cooking with the food we grow but is not interested in growing it - he'd rather ride his little motorbike or play Lego instead! Hopefully a book like this would encourage him as he loves learning and knowing about how things work.

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  43. my little girl would love this book. She is always asking questions about our garden and wanting to learn more. I think she would settle down in her fairy garden and soak up all the information in the book. she would then want to put it all into practice in one day knowing her!

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  44. Gee you would I give this lovely book away to. I would have to say my niece she has 5 children and 3 of our girls.
    Or to my friend she has 2 granddaughters.
    But I have to confess it would be hard not to give these books up.

    Thanks for new link I'm adding it to my list bloggers that I read.

    Coffee is on.

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  45. The books looks fabulous. I would love to be able to give a copy of it to our school district's "Farm to School" program. The program officially started this past spring when the kids began to plant a small orchard, squash, greens, and spring garlic. They hope to grow produce to add to the school lunch programs.

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  46. Thank you for offering this giveaway Rhonda.
    I would give this book to my little girls, aged 4.5 and 18months. Miss 4 already adores the garden and all the creatures who inhabit it, so this would be a cherished addition to her book collection.

    Looks like there are some wonderful projects in there.

    x
    Megan

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  47. Wow Rhonda- you are going to be in print everywhere!! Fantastic, and congratulations, I can't wait until your book release :) I would love to give my children a copy of this book, for them to begin their own little garden when we move, encouraging them to have a more outdoorsy lifestyle, which I feel their generation can be lacking, my girls are 11 and 7. Thanks for the chance to win:)
    Shelly

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  48. I would give the book to my kids- 9 yo boy and 7 yo girl:) we have just started a small garden and the book would be great for them to learn more about growing etc They both have been very keen to grow lots if plants and yummy food :)

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  49. What a sweet giveaway, Rhonda. I know exactly who I would give this to. there's a young married couple in my church. They have two of the sweetest little kids...a four year old girl and two year old boy. They just moved into a new house and will be planting gardens in raised beds this summer...strawberries for sure, and other things, too :) :) t his would be a perfect book for her kids, to show them all about the garden in terms they can understand. They're smart kids...and the mother can explain the gardening terms to the m in a way they'll understand :) :)

    Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  50. Hi Rhonda,
    I watch my grandson 4 days a-week and we have planted a garden together. The book would be fun to read and look at.
    Count me in.

    Coleen

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  51. Hi Rhonda,I would love to give this book to my children,9yr old son, 12 yr old daughter.I also have a 15 yr son. We are homeschoolers and we love our books. We also love doing projects together as a family. This would be wonderful, in the next few months as the weather gets warmer,it will help inspire us to get back into our vegie and flower garden as at the moment they are neglected.We enjoy working together as a family, expecially outdoors. Angela

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  52. Congratulations on your pics starring in the book! I would love a copy for the kid's to encourage the green thumb in them.

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  53. That looks like a fantastic book. I would love to give it to my children who are 8 and 10 years old and about to head into their long Japanese summer holidays here. We need projects for school and also to keep them occupied in the hot summer months! As always I'm loving reading all your blog entries - can't wait for your book to come out!

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  54. Thank you for the opportunity Rhonda! Should I win, I would give the book to my son Jack who's four and a half. He's already a keen gardener, helping myself and his father grow vegetables in our backyard... if only we could get him to stop picking things and eating them before they've ripened!

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  55. I would love to give this book to my son. Everytime when i'm out in the garden he will follow me. He likes to ask the plant name and help me with the simple gardening work like weeding and digging. He love to do craft work too. He will definately love this book and learn much more information on plants and their uses!

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  56. Hi Rhonda, I would love a copy of the book for my two youngest daughters (ages 10 and 8) and my two grandchildren (6yrs and 22mths) they all love pottering about in the garden and growing veges and pretty flowers!
    Thank you for the opportunity!

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  57. Rhonda, my two children 5.5 and 4.5 would LOVE this book. We have recently planted winter vegetables (in Adelaide) and they are enjoying watching them grow! I would love to be able to back this up with information from a book like this!

    Fantastic!!

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  58. Hi Rhonda
    How exciting for your photos to be used in the book ! I hope you have some copies for your grandsons ?
    If I was lucky enough to win one it would go to my 2 granddaughters in USA who absolutely love 'mutha urth'
    and everything to so with nature - see this blog entry if you have time, it made me smile :)
    http://embers.typepad.com/e/2011/07/my-entry.html
    Jeni

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  59. I would give this book to my three sons, who are 10, 8 and 5 years. I struggle to get them interested in our garden and chooks - they much prefer screen time. I want to encourage them without being overbearing, and I hope the ideas and activities in the book would help me achieve this!

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  60. Jeni, yes, I have a copy each for my little boys. I've already started building a library for them here. We have about 10 books in there now. :- )

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  61. I love the RHS publications! Just moved into a new house. Have a clean slate for the backyard. My children and i are currently working out what to grow and how to design it. As i homeschool my children i love resources that can inspire us in the garden and make it fun. Love your blog!

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  62. Well, there's quite a few children who I would love to give the book to, and who I know would love to receive it. I have two little girls in mind who I think would be rapt :)
    And... they each have a birthday coming up!

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  63. Ooh, I'd love this book for my children. They already have some interest in gardening and love to look in the gardening books I borrow from the library, but they are too difficult for them to browse and enjoy reading at the moment and our library is small and doesn't have too many kids gardening books. I'm particularly thinking of my 10 year old son, who is especially interested in the outdoors - gardening and animal husbandry ... and who finds reading difficult at the best of times.

    ~ Missy

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  64. I would give this book to my daughter who is turning five in two weeks! She'd adore it!

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  65. Ooh, we would love to win this book! My 3 children (ages 4,6 and 8) have a refound love of spending time in our vegie garden. I don't really know what I'm doing though and so probably not the best teacher. If we won this book the kids and I could learn together:-) It looks like a beautiful book, DK books are great.

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  66. Hi Rhonda, I would give this book to my daughter who is 8 years old.
    i want to inspire her to grow thing and take an interest in gardening,growing food, even though we have only limited space on out townhouse garden.

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  67. I would love to give a copy to my almost 8 year old son for his birthday. He's a reading maniac and loves to help me out in the vegie patch.

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  68. I am the garden coordinator for my daughters school. We are a public charter school but our funding here in California is very, very little. The garden has been parent donations mainly. If I won the book I would donate it to our school garden/library. Here is our school!
    http://www.lcics.org/ Don't we have cute kids? My daughter is 3rd from the left. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity Rhonda!

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  69. Hi Rhonda what a great giveaway, my darling son Jack who is nearly 9would simply adore the book,him and his dad have been planting some seeds to grow broad beans and peas. He is such a creative child he always wants to make things using stuff from the yard and house, he helps me make lavender balls sometimes.We are always looking for new ideas and now he has a real love for reading with his new teacher at school, I'll cross my fingers we win the giveaway.
    Sherrie from Simpleliving :)

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  70. Wow, my girls would LOVE this! At 10 and 6 years old, there aren't many things that draw them together in play or craft as their age gap seems too great. But the one thing that they do show interest in is digging up the garden together! I am forever finding a shovel and hand trowel along with a disaster in a garden bed that they've attacked in the name of gardening! I would much prefer to divert their eagerness to productive gardening that might also foster some craft activities together.

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  71. Thanks for such a great giveaway! I'd give a copy to my twin nephews (age 6) who LOVE gardening and the outdoors. I think they'd really enjoy a book with lots of pictures and projects. Meagan (mordecaialivanallenoatyahoodotcom)

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  72. This would be a welcome addition to our homeschool library - we have lots of books but all the gardening books on the shelves are mine. I was quite inspired by Sophie's miniature gardens for children last week on Gardening Australia and thinking I should be doing more 'child specific' gardening activities. I would put this away until Christmas when it would appear under the tree with the names of my 5 year old twin girls on the tag and maybe I could add 'with love from Rhonda!'

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  73. I would let my four children share it. I think the twins( boy and girl 4) would get the most out of it they love gardening and just spent the morning digging up spuds. I am off the search your blog archive for posts on loofas. I am keen to have a go at growing them.

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  74. Hi Rhonda. That looks like a great book and one that I'll probably look at buying if I'm not lucky enough to win. I'll probably give to my nearly 7 yo daughter. I'm just about to start planting out tomatoes, herbs and growing other vegies. Besides a bit of weeding and touching on growing vegies in her first year of school last year, I'd love for her to get really involved in gardening. She's a very poor eater and I hope that seeing it grow might encourage her to try new foods.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  75. I would give the book to my 9 year old son Ethan. We spend our afternoons together while his older siblings are at part-time work. I'm hoping to start getting our spring garden happening as soon as this cold weather goes away. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a lovely book :) I have only recently "found" your blog and love reading back over many of your previous posts!

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  76. I have wanted to grow those loofahs too !
    this book would be fantastic for my kids, (3.5 and 10mths) even though they are a bit young, they would connect it with our little veggie patch in our tiny courtyard. Their dad grew up on 50acres and unfortunately we don't even have a patch of grass here, so anything to help embed an appreciation of gardening and food-growing is very much desired !!
    thanks for the chance !
    Lauren

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  77. Rebecca in TassieJuly 20, 2011 2:37 pm

    Hello Rhonda,
    As much as I would love this book for our family, I would donate it to our local library. That way lots of people could enjoy it too!
    Have a lovely day,
    Rebecca

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  78. Hi Rhonda,
    I've been reading your blog for a while but felt I must let you know that yesterday afternoon I....made my first batch of soap!!
    I have been wanting to do it for some time but must admit that the caustic soda bothered me a bit. Anyway, I finally got my act together and did it, I unwrapped the slabs this morning and cut them and it all looks great. I'm so pleased with myself and wanted to say a big thank you to you for the recipe and the inspiration.
    ~Alex

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  79. Sorry Rhonda, just realised that my comment had nothing to do with the book. I was just so excited to tell you about the soap!! Hope that's OK?!
    Alex

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  80. I would use this with my two boys aged 6 and 10. I am hoping to do a co-op type school with them, and I think we'd get a good amount of use out of this book. They are very curious about gardening/growing. Thanks!

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  81. Oh yes please count me in! I would have it for my grandson, aged four. I was reading him a little book over the weekend about growing flowers and vegetables, and he said "you do that grandma!" Well I think my heart melted right then! He loves to help me in the garden, and my snow peas are the only greens he will eat! The book looks as though it has some amazing projects that I would love to try.

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  82. Hi Rhonda, if I was lucky enough to win this book I would give it to my step grandson who is 8 yrs old. He has lived a mostly indoors kind of life and that now that my daughter has come into his life she is trying to encourage him to enjoy being outdoors more and a book like this may just help.

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  83. I would give it to my children (11, 9, 6, 4, 1) who would all find different things to interest them.
    Thank you, Katja (Sacramento, CA)

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  84. I would love this book for my granddaughter, she is thirteen and her folks made raised beds and she loves to garden.
    Joanne

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  85. it's fine Alex, and you should be proud of yourself. Well done!

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  86. I'd love to use this book to teach the joy of growing to the students in my class. We have a garden and they are showing interest but showing them some exciting possibilities would really whet their appetite for a simpler life.
    Deb

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  87. My 5 yr old granddaughter and her 7 yr old brother ( grandson) would love this book...they help in the garden and find it very enjoyable..
    ~~thanks for the opportunity~~

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  88. I would share this book amongst all my children,they are budding gardeners and alos love to craft.they are ages 8,9,11,13,14,and 25

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  89. Hello Rhonda, I am a tuckshop convenor at my children's school, I am in the process of setting up a school garden and would love to win this book. I would use it to inspire the children to become involved in the garden. Michele

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  90. Hey there. My 3yo is obsessed with our garden. He loves learning how it works and eating the stuff when it's "done" (his word for ripe).

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  91. I would give this book to my daughter for when she is a bit older. She is 2 and a half at the moment but loves pottering round and 'helping' me in the garden. I love teaching her how to do things like plant seeds, water and care for our garden. She loves mowing with her Daddy and looks so cute in her gumboots. I want her to grow up having a deep knowledge and appreciation for nature and I beleive it is my duty as her mother to pass on to her gardening skills I learnt from my own parents. She loves books and the one you're giving away looks like a beauty that would come in very handy!

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  92. My 5 month old son would be the beneficiary of this book.
    By the time he grows up, i am afraid he wont realise that food is grown in the ground and not on a market shelf
    Hopefully this book can be a guiding light
    Marky Mark

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  93. Dear Rhonda, I've been wanting to write you to tell you how grateful I am to have found your blog. I've been printing it and taking it with me to bed, and every word you write feels like home to me. I've been writiing in my blog for some years now and people tell me how they enjoy reading it. Although I write about my simple life I feel that I should write more about being a homeworker, as you call it. Housewife feels so cold to me. Homeworker is what I am and what I picture myself to be for a long time.
    Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that, to tell you how I love to read your blog and how important it is that you keep on doing it.

    My son is very familiar to growing vegetables and he enjoys eating them, knowing all the work and love behind his food. He's becoming 9 in a few days and I would love to give him this book.

    I wish you a very loving and healthy life.

    Love,
    Virgínia

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  94. Hi Rhonda,
    all if our kids would love this book, but my 7 year old daughter Anya would love it the most...the quiet middle child, always potting outside with her gummies on, racing around on the old red trike. It would make her 8th B-day in 2 weeks very neat! xxxx

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  95. It looks like a great book for kids. My grandaughter has a birthday coming up and I think she'd love finding more things we could do together when she is out here.

    Barb.

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  96. I would give it to my local nursing home, they have a touchy feely eating garden they have set up and look after, they are always after new ideas and plants that might interest them. Their small garden brings the whole residents, staff and family together.

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  97. My girls would love this book. The Chook is 6 now and just learning to read and the Noodle is 3 and just wants to do all her big sister does. The Boy is 4 and he'd love it too... just don't tell him he's learning. We have a good vege patch but it's time we got more creative in the garden.

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  98. Looks like an amazing book!!! My grandchildren Vinnie (7) & Josie (4) would thoroughly love this book.
    They both attend Steiner inspired kindy & school, this book would definitely show them how wonderful nature is, & give them exciting nature projects to work on.

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  99. Hi Rhonda,

    My little 4 year old grand-daughter would just love this book, she is already a real gardener with her own patch of vegies. It is beautiful to share this special time with a very special little girl. It won't be long until you & Hanno will be able to share times in your garden with your 2 little boys. Meredith

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  100. I would love to give this book to my grandchild, due on January 25th - his great grandfather's birthday. Great grandfather was an avid gardener. Now that he's passed, what a wonderful way to share his legacy

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  101. I have 4 children and am near hopeless in the garden. I think i probably need a book like this as much as they do, but i would love for us to try some of these projects together. I may become a successful gardener yet!

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  102. I am always looking for easy to read gardening books for my neice who is three and has loved anything involving dirt since she was born. Most gardening books are big on words and small on pictures but yours looks so interesting and colorful and fun for a child. I'm sure my neice & I would get many years of use out of it.
    Stacey
    SWPA

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  103. Hi, Rhonda..... my daughter is just getting her own house built and looking forward to starting her first real garden. I think her two children, aged 6 and 3, would really enjoy using your book. Do you think loofas would grow in New Hampshire?

    Barbara M.

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  104. Oh this book looks lovely!
    I would give this to my 20 month old son - he loves to potter around in the vegie garden with me during the day and he is a real bookworm who always seems to be holding a book in one hand when indoors - I could show him pictures of all the plants we have growing in the vegie garden!!
    sequin and shine @ yahoo . com .au

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  105. My some would love this book, and I would love reading it to him.

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  106. My 5yo boy would love this book, we go to the library every Saturday morning and borrow the maximum amount of books (15) for the week, we read to him every night. He is very interested in gardening and all things about nature etc, and we cook weekly. As he is vegetarian, we grow 95% of our food in summer, not much around to harvest in Winter in Tassie. We borrowed (I think) an older version of this book some time ago, it was fantastic, and added it to our wish list in Amazon, but haven't been able to stretch the funds that far as yet.
    Di
    Mowbray Tas

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  107. Hi Rhonda!

    The book is lovely! I would love to have it for my two daughters (ages 4 and 6) who both have a deep love for the outdoors and growing things. We have been steadily improving our own vegetable garden each year and we let the girls choose a few things to plant also. We recently set up a kid's garden just for them. They love it!
    I would also like to try my hand at growing loofas. They seem like such an unusual and useful plant. Thank you so much for being an inspiration to us all. Much love, Amy in North Carolina

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  108. I would give a copy of this book to my 19 month old daughter Elizabeth. Just last night she helped me pick green beans and peas from our backyard garden. She held the bowl and followed me around as I picked and it was so cute. She is such a trooper especially because the heat index in Wisconsin last night was well over 100 degrees!

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  109. Rhonda- I haven't posted before, but check your blog daily. You have been a true mentor to me, albeit unknowingly!Our family are living in Turkey, where we have the privilege of buying, gathering and eating, fresh seasonal produce, full of flavour and goodness. The one thing we can't get here, however, are good books in English. So if I happen to win, I'd love you to send the book to the few expat children here, who are just beginning their own little gardens... many thanks again, Anya (yerlesik@gmaildotcom) xo

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  110. Oh, this book looks awesome! I would gift it to my daughters - 9, 5 and 2... and we would garden together! (we attempt to garden together already, but some guidance and projects would be helpful!)

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  111. I would give the book to my youngest who will be a kindergartner coming up soon. It would be fabulous to go along with our homeschool studies.

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  112. I am probably ineligable because I do not live in Australia, but I have to tell you how great this book is. We have borrowed it couple of times from our local library, and I have used it with my kids (4, and 2) to inspire us in the garden. We are starting small with peas and watermelon, luffahs and pumpkin and potatoes (ok maybe not small more random) Our luffahs are n9ot doing very well at all but the kids enjoy the process of planting and watching them sprout and are ready to plant more seeds as soon as they sprout, so it is not a complete loss. Hw funny that you were the person that grew the loofahs in that book. We may just have to buy it now!

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  113. I would give this book to my grandson, Tanner. I have started to simplify my life and would like to continue this lifestyle for him.

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  114. I own a Family Child Care in my home and there are many children who live in apartments or tiny military base housing. I would give this book to the children of my child care so we could learn about planting and harvesting. We will learn about gardening and weeding...and of course, share the bounty with the parents of these children. Please consider me for this giveaway. Thanks.

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  115. I would love to share this book with my twins. We have been slowly working on growing our own food. I love DK books and I know we would learn a lot from this one.

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  116. My 7 YO would love this! She loves to read and is interested in gardening. Though she would share with the other children. Congratulations on having your photos published!

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  117. I'd give this to my youngest son who seems to enjoy being in the yard with me while I'm weeding, watering, gardening, etc. He even helps out Grandpa in his garden. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  118. What a wonderful book! I'm q speech-language pathologist and I work with children with different speech and language disorders. I would love to use this book to teach new vocabulary about gardening...hopefully with some hands-on projects from the book.

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  119. I would love to give a copy of this book to my two boys- they love helping out on our allotment and each have their own patch BUT.. I think I would actually give a copy to my children's school - the school has a small veggie patch but only a handful of children get to help out (due to time constraints) and something like this book would help all the children learn about growing.

    Thanks for the chance to win x

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  120. Thank you for your informative blog, I enjoy reading it everyday. Your blog inspired me to get back to embroidery and it relaxes me so much. My children would enjoy the book, since we homeschool, they like to get out in the garden and take care of all the fruits and veggies that we have planted.Thanks again for your blog and for this giveaway.
    Miriam in the US.

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  121. Jenni KomarovskyJuly 21, 2011 6:14 am

    I would give this book to my late friend John's niece, Hannah. John died two years ago and was a huge loss to their family, especially to Hannah who adored him and used to go fishing with him. She's a very down to earth little girl and loves gardening and feeding her grandma's chooks. Jenni K

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  122. Hello Rhonda, Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. Our oldest boy has just started prep this year and is picking up reading very well. Both the boys have always loved books and have been beside us as we start up our vegie garden. So, this would be a very lovely addition to our bookcase. Even if I another of your lovely commentors wins your giveaway, I think this book will get added to the boys Christmas list.

    Thanks again for the opportunity to win one. Hope you are having an amazing week.
    Cheers, Deb

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  123. Hello Rhonda,
    I would give the book to my children: Monika 2 yo. and David 3yo. We would read it together and learn from it. I have started to discover gardening a few month ago and I found I learn from the children books as fast as possible. :o)
    M from the Czech Republic

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  124. What a wonderful opportunity. Thank you.

    I would like to donate this book to my local Primary School. The kids started a garden last term. I would to offer this book to keep them inspired and help them expand their gardening horizons.

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  125. My children would love to read this. My two eldest (3 & 2 yrs) respectively both love the garden and books.It would be a hit im sure.Julia

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  126. Oh that book looks so cool. My youngest boy is 9 and has just developed a fascination for planting seeds and watching them grow (or not grow as the case was most recently :-( ). He has planted snow peas which thankfully are now producing and some flowers which we have our fingers crossed won't die on him or get eaten by bugs. I think he would adore this book and it would enhance his enthusiasm ten fold.
    Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win one :-)
    Cheers
    Colleen

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  127. Hi Rhonda Jean,

    I have a friend in Ireland who is going through a rough time at the moment. I know that nothhing would cheer her up more than a lovely surprise in the mail for her 6yo daughter who is the light of her life. Her daughter would also love wearing out the pages in the book doing all of the activities.

    Thank you.

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  128. With 3 little boys of my own under the age of 3 - we try and get out into the garden as much as possible! We have been concentrating so hard on growing our own food to supplement 3 starving boys, that some fun projects just for them might be just what Dirt Girl ordered! Let's have some Dirt Boy fun!

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  129. Hi Rhonda-Jean,

    I know my 8-year old daughter and 5-year old son would love this book as they are already keen gardeners (we have done caulis, cabbages, spinach beet, parsnips, herbs, lettuce and always tonnes of spuds!) and they love a good project. We mark the seasons with our household habits - pickling cucumbers and making sauerkraut in the summer, baking and making jam in the autumn and eating homemade gingerbread men and little wooden crates of clementines in the winter. This book would give my kids even more little things in life to look forward to each year!

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  130. I would love the chance to win this book. We move south at the end of the year and are already talking to the kids about the different area and climate and different plants and vegetables that we will be able to grow. This would be a great resource for them.

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  131. Hi Rhonda,
    I would love to share this book with my 1 yr old twin daughters and their 15 yr old sister. The girls already love to sit in their activity gyms with Daddy while working in our vegie patch and have been 'helping' him make the chicken coop. My older daughter loves to show her sisters about things they can do outside and this book looks like it would be a wonderfully inspirational tool for all the family.
    I feel like it is important that because i am currently able to be a SAHM (with much budgeting!) and we have some land to grow our vegies and keep chooks it is important that i help all 3 girls to understand this is a privelige and one we should all make the most of.
    Thank you for your blog...it gives me an escape and inspiration when the girls finally sleep and reminds me that i do still have a 'job' albeit unpaid and that is as a homemaker!
    Love the loofah photos - remember when you first posted them explaining what they were to my older daughter...great conversation!!!
    Warm Wishes
    Jodie

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  132. My 7 yr. old son Seth would love this book. He is already by my side when I am outside working and loves to figure out how things grow.

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  133. Is it too late to enter this giveaway? I would love to give this book to my two middle children, 7 y.o. and 10 y.o. I'd also love to share it with my day children who love reading books when they are with me. They ask me all kinds of questions when we're out in the garden together. Children are naturally interested in gardening!

    Tracy

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  134. How lovely that your photos have been published in the children's book. I really like DK books.

    I would love this book to read to my son Alexander, who although only 4 1/2yrs old, just LOVES nature.He has made his own nature collection of birds nests, a number of chrysallis he found, seed pods, "banksia men" etc. I know he would really enjoy reading about how things grow.

    Miriam

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  135. Hi Rhonda. I would love to win this book for my boys. They are home schooled. We would love to do some of the activities in this book. xxoo

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  136. Rhonda
    This book would be a wonderful gift for my 2 nieces. My sister and her husband have just bought a property out in the country, giving them lots of land to grow in. I know they would love to grow their own gardens and to make projects from their garden bounty.

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  137. I would give it to my boy Russ. He loves plants! He always puts sticks in piles of dirt and tells me "Mom, look, I'm growing a tree!"

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  138. I would give it to my boys--I have three, ages 7, 9 & 11. We have dabbled a bit in gardening this year with some herbs and lettuce, and I know they would love this book. My 9 year old is especially into it and loves crafts as well, so he would definitely put this book to good use.

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  139. Mary loves pinkJuly 23, 2011 10:42 pm

    Hi Rhonda, Our ten year old grandson came to live with us almost 3 years ago. He has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability due to the emotional and physical abuse he had sustained. He gets lots of pleasure from gardening and cooking. He is a very 'hands on' child and we hope that cooking and gardening will help him to develop many life long skills. We are about to move onto a 7 acre property that will better suit his needs. He would get so much out of a book like this to help him contribute to our vegetable gardens! It really would make a world of difference to him! Mary W

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  140. My daughters and I would find some interesting things as we work on the KinderGarden this fall and in years to come.

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  141. I love DK! And how exciting to have one of your photos used!! Our home school would love to own this copy..

    Blessings, Debbie

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  142. I would give this to my daughter she would love it!
    carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  143. I believe this book would stay at our house. We currently have 3 granddaughters in this age range and two of our children have not yet had children. When the grandkids are here we cook, garden, feed the domestic animals and watch the wild animals. This book would be wonderful for new projects and ideas. Congratulations on having your pictures included.

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  144. What a lovely book! My 5 year old grand daughter spends a great deal of time in the garden with me, and is positive the only reason I have planted strawberries is for her!

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  145. Good morning Rhonda! I feel blessed to have read your post this morning (July 25th) about slowing down and not getting stressed. I have 5 children whom I homeschool aged 6,4,3,22months and 3 months old. This book would be loved by all of them! Thank you for the reminder to be flexible and calm. I have been feeling quite overwhelmed lately with everything that needs to be done.
    Katherine

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  146. My daughters, they've seen Mum and Dad grow veges and herbs but for them to learn the methods behind would turn their thumbs green!

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  147. Hi I would give it to my childrens school as we are about to embark on a creating a permaculture garden and this would be a great teaching resource for the teachers and children
    Cheers Karan

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  148. I would give the book to my neice in law - young Samara - she is 5 years old and my daughter is living with her Mum and her at the moment. Samara would not eat one vegetable until my daughter got her to plant pumpkin seeds and tomatoes and lettuce. She is learning all about where her food comes from and each day she is slowly getting better at eating. Thanks for the opportunity. Cheers, Wendy

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  149. My grand daughters (4 and 8months) have moved to New York to live! (sob!) Back in Sydney they had a courtyard where they grew herbs and a few vegies, but now they're on the 15th floor with not even a balcony. So I would love to take this book to them in September when I visit, to remind them and keep them interested in how food grows. Life is so different over there - the 4 year old is the only kid who runs round in the park barefoot! The locals are horrified!! Kate (Nana)

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  150. I would give the book to my daughter who is 6. She would share it with her friends who she regularly takes to her part of the garden to show off her flowers and pumpkins.

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  151. Hello I would give this book to my wonderful stepson ( 9years old) and my son (2 years old) We have just moved into the country from town. They both love being outdoors The oldest would be the one to grow things. Still working with the 2 year old to not pull the plants up I think this book will help them get in touch with nature since all they have really knowen is town life and fruit and vegtables come from the store. I would really like to change that.
    jamiepogue@sbglobal.net

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  152. My 5 year old daughter doesn't like to eat vegies, with a book that teaches her to grow her own hopefully she'd wanna eat them too :)

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  153. Hi Rhonda

    I would love to give thios book to my twin daughters who are 8 years old. They have just had their birthday and are very good girls. We have an allotment which they help me with and have their own little bed for growing vegetables. Money is tight and they never complain about it so this would be a lovely treat.

    Donna

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