Published by Thomas Nelson on March 26, 2019
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In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they've gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn't always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!
You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family's story of becoming gardeners in Joanna's first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family's love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.
Julianna Swaney’s illustrations bring the Gaines family garden to life with colorful, whimsical watercolors and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.
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Imagine for a minute what it would be like growing up in the Gaines household. Your parents do great work with their hands, whether it is remodeling a home or working the ground. As a child, you are brought up surrounded by hard work, done by people with a passion for what they do. Written by kids, and Jo, for kids, We Are the Gardeners weaves a story, life lessons, and growing up as a Gaines child all into one.
The book opens with the Gaines children sharing about the first fern their dad bought their mom, which is how their first garden began. It was fun as an adult reading the book, getting the childlike perspective of not just a story, but the story of their parents.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the actual story. In addition to sharing about their first garden, they share about hard work and sticking with something, even when things don't go as planned. I think these lessons are important to teach children and great reminders for adults as well.
I always believe that illustrations can make or break a children's book and I found the illustrations in this book to help bring the story to life even more. As I finished reading this book I was ready to go outside and plant a garden. This book reminded me not only of the lessons that can be learned from the hard work of gardening but the excitement and fun gardening can be.
Jo and the kids did a great job weaving together an educational, yet engaging story that was fun for a fan to read, yet relatable to children at the same time. I can't wait to see what children's title they come up with next!