|Blue Potatoes and Orange Tomatoes:
How to Grow a Rainbow Garden
Paperback, 40 pages
Ages 2-11; Grades: 2-6
Writing with her usual liveliness and enthusiasm, top gardening authority Rosalind Creasy tells young gardeners all they need to know in order to grow a whole cornucopia of fruits and vegetables in unexpected colors. In the first section of the book, readers will find simple guidelines for planning a garden and ordering seeds; preparing the soil and planting; feeding, watering, and weeding; and dealing with garden pests without using poison.
The second section provides detailed instructions for growing eight different rainbow crops, from purple string beans to yellow watermelon, and even includes a delicious, easy-to-make recipe for each one. Ruth Heller's vibrant illustrations make it simple for kids to identify the seeds, roots, flowers, leaves, and fruits of the plants -- and just like a real garden, hers is alive with birds, insects, and other animals.
With its clear, comprehensive approach and bold, bright pictures, Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes makes a perfect introduction to the joys of organic gardening.
Rosalind Creasy, a resident of Los Altos, California, is a noted landscape designer and the author of several gardening books for adults, including Cooking from the Garden and The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping. Ruth Heller is the author and illustrator of many award-winning books for children, including Chickens Aren't the Only Ones. She lives in San Francisco.