A lovely how-to read for anyone, but especially for those who want to plant a garden for the first time, this pictorial is a true description of the gardening success of Acequia Madre Elementary School in New Mexico. Located in Santa Fe, where the temperature averages 34-65 degrees, the area has summer temperatures below 100, but it has a distinct cold winter, ideal for gardening.
The school garden begins as the vision of one person, and continues with teachers guiding the children through lots of learning experiences: composting, planting, gathering, and harvesting rainwater, directing it to an underground cistern which is pumped with electricity from the sun. In addition, the children learn how to make adobe bricks, which are used for the walls of raised gardening beds. Family and community members have opportunities to get involved on special occasions, too.
After harvest, the children and others celebrate by using vegetables to make pizza, and baking it in the garden in the traditional adobe oven.
Ancona captures all of this activity in a short album for all ages.
April 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=627240
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