A charming introduction in words and photographs to growing food in the city.
The companion title to Up We Grow! is another informative and inspiring book about small-scale, local farming. This time the focus is on raising food in cities, where it can be grown anywhere - on windowsills, balconies, yards, boulevards and even rooftops.
Children follow the food, from planting and tending to harvesting and eating. Kids also read about sharing in community gardens and community kitchens and about the friendships and sense of caring that grow as people tend their city gardens.
About the authors
Deborah Hodge is the author of more than twenty-five books for children. She specializes in writing engaging non-fiction for young readers and loves the challenge of using few words to explain big thoughts. Many of Deborah’s books have received awards and have been published internationally. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborah lives in Vancouver.
Brian Harris is an award-winning photographer with many years of experience in photography and project management for not-for-profit organizations such as FarmFolk/CityFolk. His photographs appear in Up We Grow! He is a proponent of sustainable living and makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Short-listed, Green Earth Award, Newton Marasco Foundation
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Direct and informative, this should inspire many kids to test out how green their thumbs are.
Imbued with eco-friendly values throughout, this rousing read should inspire youngsters to dig in and start planting.
School Library Journal
... the simple, straightforward words and candid images of diverse gardeners young and old offer a rare introduction to an exciting movement and spotlight how urban agriculture helps build communities.
Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the CityThis companion title to Up We Grow! is another informative and inspiring book about small-scale local farming. This time, the focus is on raising food in cities, where it can be grown anywhere — windowsills, balconies, yards, boulevards and even rooftops. In the bustling city of Vancouver, we see children and adults growing food, caring for their gardens, sharing with neighbours and eating with friends and family.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.
Other titles by Deborah Hodge
West Coast Wild Rainforest
West Coast Wild at Low Tide
West Coast Wild Babies
Cooking with Bear
A Story and Recipes from the Forest
Bear’s Winter Party
West Coast Wild
A Nature Alphabet
Rescuing the Children
The Story of the Kindertransport
Up We Grow!
A Year in the Life of a Small, Local Farm