Cathy James Gardening with Kids Quote

The Garden as Classroom

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This post contains affiliate links.I love gardening and gardens and have wanted to share that joy with my kids from the beginning.

The Garden Classroom Book by Cathy JamesWhen Cathy James of NurtureStore first wrote an eBook on gardening with kids a couple of years ago, I liked it so much that I introduced her to my publisher.

Now there’s a wonderful physical book that I can hold in my hands and flip through for ideas and inspiration and I like it even more. (Plus it’s been updated and added to!)

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It’s called The Garden Classroom :: Hands on Activities in Math, Science, Literacy & Art.

Disclaimer :: I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher and am participating in the book tour; all opinions expressed are my own.

While classroom is in the title, and it would certainly be perfect for any school, the gardening information and the activities are perfect for families and backyards, too.

The book is about gardening and all that you can learn from gardens, plants, and the cycles of nature. As it says on the cover, it is filled with “creative ways to use the garden to inspire learning.”

Nature as Classroom Quote by Cathy James

The Garden Classroom is not just about how to plant seeds and grow things, but also includes chapters on ::

The Garden Classroom - Play and Imagination

Play and Imagination

(with ideas on setting up an outdoor play space, building forts, outdoor pretend play, fairy gardens, small world play, sensory exploration, and more)

The Garden Classroom - Reading and Writing

Reading and Writing

(including keeping a garden journal, an outdoor chalkboard, making a nature treasure bag, story stones, and a fairy mailbox)

The Garden Classroom - Science and Math

Science and Math

(math games in the garden, a nature investigation table, experiments with seeds, using magnifying glasses in the garden, and creating wildlife havens)

The Garden Classroom - Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts

(nature printing, making natural plant dyes, cement tile art, garden bunting, leaf collages and suncatchers, land art ideas and more)

The Garden Classroom - Garden Recipes

Garden recipes

(soup, pesto, edible flowers, using herbs, etc)

There is so much in the way of good information and activities in this book!

Making Clay Leaf Impressions

The Garden Classroom - Clay Leaf Impressions

We were inspired by the clay leaf impressions activity to make nature prints with air dry clay.

Make Nature Prints with Air Dry Clay

This was such a lovely activity to do with the kids and the detail captured was incredible. Plus the air dry clay was soft and easy to work with.

Update :: We’ve since made many more clay leaf prints (and pendants) and I wrote a whole blog post about the process.

There are so many other wonderful nature and garden activities in this book that I want to try!

I highly recommend The Garden Classroom for families and schools. It could be used equally well in classrooms (whether you have a school garden or not) and in your own backyard no matter the size.

The Garden Classroom Book by Cathy James

The Garden Classroom is available at your local independent bookstore and online at Amazon, Roost Books, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s Books.

Buy a copy for yourself or your classroom. Or buy a copy as a gift for your child’s teacher. However you do it, you’ll really be doing it for your kids and for the next generation.

Cathy James Gardening with Kids Quote

And now let’s all get outside in the garden already!

When you come back inside, you can follow along on the book tour for The Garden Classroom and enter the giveaway below.

The Garden Classroom Giveaway

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For a chance to win a copy of The Garden Classroom :: Hands on Activities in Math, Science, Literacy & Art by Cathy James, leave a comment to this post by Friday, April 24th at 11:59 pm EST. Then come back up the rafflecopter widget and tell it that you’re entering the giveaway. The winner will be announced here on Saturday, April 25th. Giveaway open to readers over the age of 18 worldwide.

Good Luck!

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  • Reply
    Joy
    April 17, 2015 at 9:43 am

    What a beautiful book, thank you so much for encouraging your publisher to give this a chance

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    Michelle
    April 17, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Beautiful! I look forward to using this book as a resource with my students.

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    megan
    April 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

    my kids love gardening, and we are already planning our spring and summer planting here in the midwest!

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    Lucy
    April 17, 2015 at 10:26 am

    This looks like such a wonderful book – perfect for my son learning at home!!

    Thank you so much for the chance to win it! <3

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    Brandy
    April 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

    What a gorgeous book! Excited to implement lots of the ideas woth my 4 year old.

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    Jennifer
    April 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I love the concept of this book. Very intriguing. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Sumita Soni
    April 17, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I love it! Thank you for sharing this amazing book!

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    Sarah J.
    April 17, 2015 at 11:04 am

    This book looks amazing- my daughter is just getting to be the right age for this! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Lesley
    April 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

    This will be a great resource to motivate us teachers to make the most of our playground!

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    Irina
    April 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I would love to have a garden and have all the supplies in it! Thanks for the post!

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    pececito arcoiris
    April 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    It seems really wonderful! I’ll buy it, of course!

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    Christa olson
    April 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

    What a beautiful book! I can’t wait to get a copy and play out side with my daughters.

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      Michaella
      April 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Looks wonderful! Thank you.

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    Candace Del Valle
    April 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

    This looks like a great resource for us! We have a small garden and would love to have more ideas for teaching.( We homeschool)

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    Kim Granville
    April 17, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I would love some creative ideas to incorporate more learning into outdoor play as a parent and a teacher. I’d also love to pass on these ideas to my daughter’s daycare which already place nature at the centre of their programming. Having a real book to flip through is always refreshing these days. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jessica
    April 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Plenty of ideas for a nature classroom, all in ONE book! That would be a great asset!! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Sarah
    April 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

    What a gorgeous book.

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    Tina
    April 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like a fun book!

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    Bluerose
    April 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    This looks like a wonderful book! I might just have to add it into our homeschool days next school year! :)

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    Vanessa
    April 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love gardening with my class, this would be a great resource to add to any school or home :)

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    Tori Gamble
    April 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    What a lovely book! Would love to win for our classroom =)

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    Leigh
    April 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I have just started gardening the last couple years with my kiddos and would love some ideas for keeping them more interested and engaged in the outdoors!

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    Bferg
    April 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Perfect housewarming gift for my family, moving into our own house!!

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    Debra Hopkins
    April 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I was so excited to read about this book. I am a preschool teacher at Awakening Seed School in Arizona. My classroom garden is an integral part of my teaching and I look forward to getting a copy of the book for myself and my students!

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    Taina
    April 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    That book would be perfect for our gardening curriculum! We love gardening!

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    Heliana Villa
    April 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    This book looks amazing for kids!

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    Dana
    April 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    This book looks AMAZING! Would love to add this to our library! :)

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    Michelle Lewis
    April 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Looks to be a perfect mix of favorites among my children: Outdoors, art, creating, learning! How fun!

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    Jen Newman
    April 17, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    My elementary school is working to start a garden next year. We’d love this book to accompany what we are trying to do!

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    Jaclyn
    April 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    What a beautiful book! We could have so much fun with this.

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    Nicole
    April 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I need this book so much! I always look for ways to incorporate nature into my lesson plans. Living in the metropolitan city does not make it any easier. Hopefully I can get lots of ideas from your book!

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    carmen
    April 17, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    we homeschool, we´ll love to use this book

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    Catherine Brown
    April 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    This book is beautiful and full of wonderful ideas! Thank you!

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    Irene perrone
    April 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    what a fabulous book!

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    Daniele Shaffer
    April 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    This books amazing. I’d love to win it.

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    Åsa jomård
    April 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Looks like an awe-inspiring book.

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    Rebecca
    April 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This looks like a great book. I would love to get new ideas for my 4 kids. We love nature and art! Thanks for introducing it to us!

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    Asia Citro
    April 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    We would love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway, the book looks gorgeous!

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    Heidi
    April 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    What a lovely, inspiring book! Thanks so much for the consideration!

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    Jordania Leon-Jordan
    April 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I will love to receive a copy of your book and start learning on the garden with little ones! Thank you for your contribution to a better world!

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    Amy
    April 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    This would be a fabulous tool for both the school garden that I am helping to develop and the 4H club that I am planning to create!

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    Cassandra
    April 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this book! My director and I have plans for a classroom garden this summer at our Child Development Center. I will have to share this with her!

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    Tara H
    April 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Looks fantastic! We’re putting in a garden at my school this month!

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    Stephanie Lawyer
    April 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    This book looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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    Keri Murphy
    April 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you for this chance. We incorporate nature into our learning everyday. What a wonderful gift this is!

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    josie terry
    April 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I think this is such a great idea. It really shows how food come to the table. Every classroom should have a garden.

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    Dimou evi
    April 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I work at an ecological school and this book would really helped our work!

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    Jennie Ruhland
    April 17, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    What a wonderful sounding book!

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    Kim Steika
    April 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like a great book! Just discovered your blog this February. LOVE it. Thanks for sharing your experiences and great ideas!!

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    Jen
    April 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    What a great resource! We love to play outside, I’d love to have more activities to get my son involved in nature!

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    Daniele Shaffer
    April 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    If I win this awesome book I am gifting it to my sons second grade teacher. she is pretty amazing!

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    Kimberly Davis
    April 17, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I would love to try the ideas you have in this book!

  • Reply
    beth
    April 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    This book looks amazing!

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    Sarah
    April 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book for my school’s Green Team!

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    Cindy Mielke
    April 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you for promoting the arts and creativity in children. I majored in art (ceramics) in college. Didn’t take that career path until after I had my own children. We just started a business offering art classes to young children. It is so important to get the creative juices flowing early in life!

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    Ellyn
    April 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    WE LOVE THIS BOOK and WE LOVE GARDENING WITH KIDS!! We started inviting neighborhood kids over to garden – and they love it! It’s so powerful – to plant something and see it grow! Hope I win this book!

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    Roz H
    April 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    What a fantastic resources for my HE stash! With a barefoot girl who can not bare to sit still or be inside this will be the most amazing addition to our learning journey!! Can’t wait to get stuck in! xx

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    Flor Paulina
    April 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Jean! thanks for those beautiful ideas. Particulary, this book is a great tool for bring art to my kids.

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    Nicole Raphial
    April 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    We would love this!

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    lubie
    April 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I am so thankful to you for promoting this book and making us discover it! As a teacher for both agriculture and home economics, it is definitely a tool that i would love to use for more interestig classes on our tropical island!
    lubie, mauritius!

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    Juanita Browne
    April 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    This book looks completely wonderful!

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    Tara
    April 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    This book looks beautiful! I’d love to have it for our home school classroom! We are just now beginning to plant our gardens and try to grow some plants from seeds straight from out store bought fruits! This book would make a great addition to our school and family time learning.

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    [email protected]
    April 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Oh, this is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!! I would love for our yard to become an oasis of learning for our entire family but didn’t know where to start. I would love to win a copy!

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    Monique B.
    April 17, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    My family would love this book. I would also love to donate it to our local elementary school where I helped establish the school’s garden!

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    Debra Mascari
    April 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    wonderful giveaway

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    Olivia
    April 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I’m going to buy it anyway, it sounds so great, but a free copy would be a bonus! My 6 year old and 2 year old would both get loads out of this.

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    Kristine
    April 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    My two children never seem to listen quite as well as they do when we’re in our garden. Both, a boy and a girl, are entranced by even the smallest details they find there. By using our garden, visiting parks and trails, community gardens, the beach, farms, etc., they are able to work on other seemingly non related problems using bits and pieces from nature. In answering their never ending questions, I have learned so much as well. I’ve even discovered that perhaps I should have gone into some kind of scientific field. Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom, I am considering taking a few courses at our local community college and maybe someday righting that mistake. Nature has empowered me and I hope to pass on that beauty to my children.

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    Jacquie Fleck
    April 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Love this book! I would love to incorporate this in to our homeschooling.

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    Alanna Teed
    April 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I have pinned this to my board for my ECE students to see. It looks wonderful.

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    Margaret sloat
    April 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I love that it’s interdisciplinary!

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    Laura Goodwin
    April 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    What a lovely book, and you have such a fun blog to follow. We are moving to a new home in May, and at the top of my wish list was plenty of space to garden! My birthday is also April 24th, when the contest ends, so it couldn’t be more fitting! If I don’t win, I will definitely be buying this book! :)

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    Adriene Petmecky
    April 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    This book looks like it is a wealth of information. I am excited to read it. I imagine having a copy and gifting a copy will be necessary. Thanks for the review.

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    Carrie @ Rhubarb Sky
    April 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    What a great book!

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    Kristin Guida
    April 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Very Cool!

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    Susie M
    April 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I’m a homeschooler – this would be awesome!

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    Sara
    April 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    My children and I have really enjoyed the activities and learning experiences provided by The Artful Parent. I can’t get enough! There are so many ideas posted every day, and just not enough time. There is so much learning through play and projects, and such quality time spent with my kids. Thank you for sharing a piece of your world.

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    amanda
    April 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    We have 3 kids aged 15, 9, and 3. With the age-gap between them, doing things outside are the activities that bring us together as a family!

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    Juliane
    April 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    The book looks so awesome with wonderful ideas for my son’s nature explore classroom at school.

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    Catherine Hansen
    April 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    This looks like a great collection of inspiration to connect with the outdoors this spring!

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    Gail Forstater
    April 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you for your steady flow of wonderful ideas for art and nature exploration. The photography is beautiful and I am always drawing inspiration. I hope to be in the drawing for your garden book!

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    Kaley
    April 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    How beautiful!

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    Lisa
    April 17, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Lovely book and ideas! Looking forward to implementing some of them with the kiddos this summer!

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    Kirsten
    April 17, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    As a mama and a teacher I know that I would get tons of use out of this book!

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    claire
    April 17, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This looks like a fantastic book. We have just got our first garden and my daughter is loving it. I can’t wait to do more with her wach year. PS I got your first book for christmas and we are having great fun with ideas from it.

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    Amanda Rae Smith
    April 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    This looks great!

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    Terri
    April 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I LOVE this! The photography is beautiful and the ideas too!

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    kristen
    April 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    oh, what a lovely book– I can’t wait to see it!

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    Jenn
    April 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    This book looks perfect to use with my girls as we plan our new garden!

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    Practical Mama
    April 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    This is wonderful. I really would like to have this book. Despite short duration of warm seasons in Chicago, I and my kids love our garden and backyard chickens. Kids don’t nag about playing on iPad or computer once they go out and start digging or collecting. We all calm down and learn so amazing things about life. Thank you for sharing this resource.

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    Danielle Breachwood
    April 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Wow! Just the book I’ve been looking for, my just turned 2 year old in enraptured by our garden and I want to make the most of it. Thanks for the review.

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    Catherine
    April 17, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    We plan to spend lots of time in the garden this summer; we’d love this book!

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    Liza
    April 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Love this book – would love to have a copy!

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    Kathleen Logullo
    April 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    This looks to be something amazing I could use in multiple areas… Teaching & learning with my daughters at home and then applying what we do to my students at school.

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    Jasmine
    April 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    This looks amazing!

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    Adrian Mansion
    April 17, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Even though we live in an apartment, we still find space to garden. We are growing peas, grapes, tomatoes, celery, and herbs!

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    Annie
    April 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Must have this for my classroom. And my home.

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    Noreen
    April 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What a lovely book! I have seen many gardening books for kids but none of them even come close to this one. And I haven’t even seen it in person. Can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for this in depth review.

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    Geneen
    April 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    We would love to have a copy of this for our classroom!

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    Kate
    April 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    What a gorgeous looking book. I would be torn between wanting to keep it for myself, and giving it to my sons school as his leaving present!

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    Maureen
    April 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Looks like an awesome book!

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    Julie S
    April 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    What a gorgeous looking book! We love gardening and we love books – a perfect match! :)

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    Tori
    April 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    This looks like a wonderful book! And just in time for spring!

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    Shayna
    April 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    My first memory as a child is walking barefoot in the dark soil of my parents’ garden… Look forward to replicating this with my own two young children. Thanks for letting me know about this great resource!

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    Alyssa
    April 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Wow that looks like an amazing book! What a treasure, my children would truly enjoy learning and exploring along with the book!!

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    Naomi
    April 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    A beautiful time to start to explore the garden with the boys and this looks like the perfect companion!

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    Susana
    April 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Whole child education, and beautiful!

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    Jessica Dusette
    April 17, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Oh, how I hope to win!!! Love, love, love all that you do!

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    Rebecca
    April 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    So excited to check this book out!

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    Melissa
    April 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I would love to add this to our children’s garden library. It looks like a great resource even for my 2 year old

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    Susannah
    April 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Geneva Clawson
    April 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I would love this to share with my 3 little ones :)

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    Andrea
    April 17, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    My kids love being outside – and having just moved to a tiny suburban yard I need all the ideas I can get to keep that love alive now that we no longer have creeks and woods and ravines to explore.

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    Sabrina
    April 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    such a beautiful book!

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    Jessica
    April 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Ohhhh!! This looks absolutely beautiful!!

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    Ashleigh Delport
    April 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Your book looks wonderful!

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    Frankie
    April 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Love the ideas!!!!!

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    Rachel
    April 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    This looks fabulous! My kids would enjoy a break from weeding to do some learning :)

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    Cortney Dewhurst
    April 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    This book is so lovely! I need this in my Montessori classroom!

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    Anh
    April 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Saw you’re post about 100 ways to be kind to your kids. That was a nice stumble because there is so much great material on both sites.

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    Ellie rock
    April 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Would love this, what a lovely looking book

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    Christine C
    April 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    This book looks fantastic! I would love to use it with my children!

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    Daija
    April 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    oh, just introducing my daughter to gardening this year. This book looks like a brilliant companion.

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    Annie
    April 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Would love this!!

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    Laura B
    April 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    As always you introduce us to amazing resources. I hope I get to win this book instead of adding it to my growing to buy list.

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    Valerie
    April 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    The air dry clay looks like a really fun material to extend those outdoor sessions. My kiddos would love the empty their pocket treasures onto the table for a round of nature printing with clay!

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    Robin
    April 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I would love to share this with my classroom!

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    Lisette
    April 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    What an inspiring book! I need to pick a copy up!

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    Helen
    April 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Amazing ideas in this book! MANY inspiring activities to enjoy with children!

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    Jill
    April 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    So inspiring!!

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    Shaney
    April 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    The outdoor classroom would be a wonderful resource at our kindrrgarten. We have beautiful outdoor space for the children to learn through play in everyday. This book would be eagerly welcomed by the teachers and families. Very timely too being nature play week here in victoria, Australia!
    Shaney

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    Marnie
    April 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    This would be a valued addition to our professional knowledge base and library for educators at our Kindergarten! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Kim
    April 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    This book would be an exdellent resource for our preschool!

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    Jana
    April 17, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    This book would be well used and loved, soon bearing many marks of the garden itself I’m sure!

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    Melissa Griemann
    April 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    This looks like a fantastic book! We are a gardening family who would love more ideas!

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    Anne
    April 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    What a great book! I’d love gardening and would Iove to share it with my kids.

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    Kim
    April 17, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    This looks great! We’re getting ready to homeschool our boys starting with kindergarten this coming fall, and they love being outside, so this would be a great addition to our learning activities!

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    Jessy
    April 17, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Beautiful book! It would make a fantastic homeschool resource!

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    Elise
    April 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    this book would be a treasured resource for my son’s school. It is a waldorf inspired charter with an agricultural arts program that serves many students with diverse needs.

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    Kristi Early
    April 17, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    oh please yes! I’m a former elementary school teacher who is about to start homeschooling her own little one – this appeals to me on so many levels! Love your site.

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    Sam Ryles
    April 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    What a wonderful ideas book.

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    Helen
    April 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I would love to win this!

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    Lisa
    April 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    ❤️❤️❤️These ideas! Got to have this book!

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    Heidi Maunders
    April 17, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve been admiring this book for a while now. It would be a wonderful addition to our homeschooling lifestyle!

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    amanda
    April 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Hello – I would like to start a garden club at our school, and this would be perfect! :)

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    Suzy
    April 17, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    This book looks beautiful. I love nothing better than seeing my girls outside climbing trees and having fun.

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    Anya
    April 17, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful book! Thank you for the opportunity to get it :)

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    Stacey
    April 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    This book looks amazing!

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    Alix
    April 17, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Artful Parent – you’re amazing! This book is beautiful!

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    Jennifer Stevens
    April 17, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    What a wonderful book, would love this for my own children and for my OSHC students as well.

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    Aimee Shields
    April 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    This book looks amazing! I’d love to add it to my natural science collection!

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    kerry Rooney
    April 17, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I think it looks fantastic, would love to use it in class , we are working on getting kids back to nature!!

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    Rachel
    April 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Wow this book looks amazing. So inspiring and innovative. I love that the projects can easily be carried out by children.
    As a parent and teacher I definitely want to get my hands on a copy of this.

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    marta
    April 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    This book looks amazing! Can’t wait to read more ;)

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    Shannon Featheringill
    April 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    This looks awesome.

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    marta
    April 17, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    This book looks amazing! Can’t wait to read it and show it to my kiddies!

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    Bethany
    April 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This book is definitely going on my wishlist!

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    Vanessa
    April 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I’m a teacher and would love to win!

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    Carina Menaker
    April 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for reaffirming my desire to work our soil this summer. Looking forward to getting dirty :)

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    joleen
    April 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Exactly what I have been looking for!

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    Shawna
    April 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I am an elementary arts teacher in an inner city school and I am trying to get my kids to experience nature in as many ways as possible. This looks like a fantastic resource!

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    Rebekah
    April 17, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    We LOVE gardening! Its a fun challenge for us in Alaska.

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    Jackie Goldie
    April 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    This looks like such an inspiring book Thankyou so much for sharing! I work at s small preschool center in Connecticut and am always looking for new ways to inspire my students with the great outdoors! It’s doesn’t take much on my part though, just providing the environment and opportunity- they always take the lead as soon as they can! From my work I cdsn see that time spent outdoors is truly a concrete and meaningful experience for each student. I have loved following your posts and blogs, always inspiring me to inspire in the classroom. Garding is a true passion of mine and I find it so fulfilling to teach such a skill to my students. We started our first school garden last summer and are beginning to start seeds for this season. I Would love to be able to for my hands on a copy of this book!!! -Jackie

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    Kristen
    April 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I have 4 children and also run a small home daycare. I focus on having the kids outside as much as possible and bringing the learning with us. This book looks like an amazing resource! Thank you for sharing :)

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    Beth garrison
    April 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Looks like an awesome book!

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    Kasi
    April 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    This book looks amazing!

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    Rachel Folden
    April 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing – this looks like a wonderful book and it would get great use at our playgroup!

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    Germana
    April 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I love how the sections of the book are organised- when I first knew of this book I thought it was probably organised by season, with activities and celebrations based on the seasons. Being from Australia it means that many of the activities don’t match up for us. Having the activities based on ‘subject areas’ is therefore a bonus!

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    Tricia
    April 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    My kids just planted their first veggie garden and now planning a fairy garden! They are really captivated by being allowed to play in the dirt and watch the plants grow.

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    Alma Reyes
    April 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    This would be a wonderful book to have to start the summer right! =D

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    Renee McKee
    April 17, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I love these kinds of books and their inspiration! I have already started some projects with my kids and can’t get enough!

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    Amanda
    April 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    This looks fantastic!

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    Meagan
    April 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I love the creative things you post. This book would be a fantastic addition to our summer!

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    Shannon Eaves
    April 17, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Lovely book

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    Jennifer Schmidt
    April 17, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    My daughter and I just started homeschooling. We pulled her in December and have been so looking forward to spring to really enjoy some outdoor classroom time. This book would be a great guide for that!

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    Caitlin O'Brien
    April 17, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    My son and I spend all nice days out doors hunting for pine cone treasures and playing with earth worms. This book would be such a fun way to expand our exploration.

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    Tessa
    April 17, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Oh how much I would love to win this!

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    Sarah
    April 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    This book looks great! I really like the variety of activities that are included. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    Janel
    April 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    this book looks amazing! :)

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    Sue
    April 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    How fun! I would love to go through this book with my granddaughter!

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    Heather
    April 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Looks like a great book! The chapters look good and cover several subjects. This would be a neat addition to our homeschool and count in several subject a while getting in to nature. That is awesome! Thank you for the opportunity :)

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    Dahlia O'Neil
    April 17, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    This book would be perfect for our gardening family!! Love this!!

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    keri
    April 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I love the idea of teaching through hands on nature activities. I also believe without our feet on the ground in nature, we can become very imbalanced.

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    Kimberly Ballard
    April 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    We just planted our Spring garden. This book would be well-used in our homeschooling family.

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    Linda
    April 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    What a wonderful book!

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    Annie
    April 17, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    this would open my eyes as well as my kids eyes to so many more experiences than we already know!!!

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    Katy
    April 17, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Looks like a great book!

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    Margaret
    April 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    What a wonderful book! I’d love to use this with my children. Thanks for the chance!

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    Wendy
    April 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Beautiful book! Would love to try these ideas with my kindergarten class.

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    Tanya
    April 17, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    What a great book idea! My daughter and I will be making a fairy garden next month.

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    Lauren Espenkotter
    April 17, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    we would love this for homeschooling!!

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    Mary S
    April 17, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    It looks wonderful! I’d love to have a copy.

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    Tran Steel
    April 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Just today, my son and I planted some native flowers in our backyard. He has been so excited with helping Daddy with landscaping too. Both my kids just love the outdoors and hands-on learning.

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    Kat Watts
    April 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    To teach children through nature and hands on activitiess allows young minds to absorb and find a richer love for art in all that sourounds them.

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    Mindy stewart
    April 17, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I am hopeful to win a copy of this book to compliment our homeschool co-op goals & new garden. Looking for inspiration & quite sure I just found it.

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    CMerner
    April 17, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I liked it so much that I purchased it today! Still, I’d love to have to give as a gift to a teacher. Love your blog!

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    Meena
    April 17, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Looks wonderful,
    I am a firm believer in kids learning things as they tune in to nature. Planting, nurturing the plants instills important life lessons to kids that we can cultivate early. Most importantly it is lots of fun!!

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    Kelly
    April 18, 2015 at 12:07 am

    our school in squamish just received a grant to make a school garden. We are putting it together this weekend. What a wonderful addition for our school to make our learning even more meaningful- even more important as we recover from a shipping dock resulting in the burning of carcinogenic toxins :( we need to create empathy and environmental stewardship!

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    Jenny R
    April 18, 2015 at 12:15 am

    What a lovely book!

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    Lydia Koltai
    April 18, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I would love this book! My husband designs and installs school gardens and runs a permaculture design business, and we garden at home. We love doing fun things in the garden with our kids!

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    Dineesha
    April 18, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I love following you artful Parent and find a lot of inspiration and knowledge thanks to you. We love getting our kids involved in gardening and art here in Australia it’s a year round activity. I’d love a copy of the Garden Classroom.

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    Molly
    April 18, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I’m a preservice teacher and this book looks like such an amazing resource. I’ve just shared it with my colleagues on our Facebook page, we’ll definitely be implenting some of these experiences this week with our kinder groups! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Emily
    April 18, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Lovely book!

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    liz
    April 18, 2015 at 1:39 am

    What a beautiful book! My daughter Lotus and I love being out in the garden as well as going for walks in our neighbouring forest. There is truly so much to see and learn from nature. I would love to read this book for more fun ways to learn from nature as Lotus gets older. I like your clay nature prints. We often do nature prints in play dough using seeds and shells that we have collected.

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    Saundra Lee
    April 18, 2015 at 1:46 am

    This is a beautiful book. It would be nice to use in my classroom and also with my own children.

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    Jemimah Ivers
    April 18, 2015 at 1:48 am

    This looks like a great book

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    Lisa Paine
    April 18, 2015 at 2:20 am

    This book looks amazing! I think I’d use it everyday.

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    Maren Williams
    April 18, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I’d love to add these activities into my sons preschool, and it’s so beautifully made!

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    Astrid Olesen
    April 18, 2015 at 2:49 am

    It’s so giving to se things grow. And be a part of nature! We would love this book here in Denmark!

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    Amanda L
    April 18, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Oh, I would love this so much.

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    Cheryl Smyth
    April 18, 2015 at 3:06 am

    absolutely love the idea of all this connection with nature, especially encouraging sustainable resources

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    Jacqueline
    April 18, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I’m already planning the leaf-clay imprints! Looks like a very inspiring book, would love a copy.

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    Shvetal Vyas Pare
    April 18, 2015 at 5:01 am

    The book sounds wonderful and I have added it to my wish list on book depository. Thanks.

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    Jennifer C
    April 18, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Sounds so interesting. I would love ideas to get my kids outside and gardening more. Thank you!

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    Emma
    April 18, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Wow! This book looks amazing, I came across it the other day but seeing the pictures in this post is brilliant! I’d love to win one!!!!

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    Jennifer
    April 18, 2015 at 6:42 am

    This book is beautiful and would be a perfect addition to our homeschool tools!

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    Sarah Moon
    April 18, 2015 at 6:44 am

    We love learning by doing!

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    Sara @ Happiness is here
    April 18, 2015 at 7:17 am

    This looks so fabulous! I NEED this book!

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    bethany
    April 18, 2015 at 7:21 am

    This looks like such a gorgeous book—ollie wren and I definitely need a copy:)

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    Clara Crosby
    April 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I need this for my classroom!!

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    Jillian smith
    April 18, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I love this concept. Nature is the best teacher. Next year I plan to homeschool my older daughter. We are expecting a new baby too. I have tried to grow my own food for years but have been too busy. No more excuses! This year it is happening!

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    Deb Richardson
    April 18, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I love this book and the idea of “outdoor” classrooms!!

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    Charlena Thornton
    April 18, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I would love to use this in our homeschool!

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    LIZ
    April 18, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Love it, cant wait to read it and use with friends

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    Marianne
    April 18, 2015 at 8:42 am

    What an awesome book. Looks like some great ideas. Thank you for sharing

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    pavla
    April 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

    What a beautiful book! My girls and I would love it!

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    Jessica
    April 18, 2015 at 8:56 am

    What a beautiful looking book! We love spending a good deal of our time in the garden-it is always an adventure.

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    Pauline
    April 18, 2015 at 9:15 am

    What an awesome book! Thanks for sharing! I would definately feel more of an inspired parent to get my kids ‘daydreaming’ in the garden with this book! Not only at home, but at Granny and Grandpas too! We spend far too much time inside! I know my sons school would also benefit from a book like this as they already have a veggie patch at the school to teach the kids to grow their own veggies! It’s an awesome way for a child to get back to nature!

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    SarahC
    April 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

    this book looks wonderful!

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    Jessica
    April 18, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Fantastic! I’m an advocate for school and community gardens, and this book looks like an amazing resource!

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    Katie Ristow
    April 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

    What a fabulous idea!!

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    Jennifer
    April 18, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the recommendation

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    Cindy Camp
    April 18, 2015 at 10:01 am

    What a generous offer! I would love to have this book at school. We are working hard at incorporating Reggio practices and this would give us more ideas!!

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    Kristen
    April 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Looks like a fun colorful book!

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    Susie
    April 18, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for sharing! This book looks like a fun resource.

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    Alvada Owen
    April 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

    What a wonderful book including how to projects. A great teaching and learning tool for children. I think it is so important to teach children about nature<gardening and caring for the earth. This would be wonderful for home schooling parents to get kids involved. With this type of learning tool means less time for children on computers and game devices and to get out and enjoy the fresh air and all the beauty of nature. Wishing you continued success.

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    Candy Cole
    April 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

    This would be a great book to have for my girl scout troop! So many good ideas!!!

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    Y. Rass
    April 18, 2015 at 10:43 am

    What an inspiring outdoor book for kids :-) Living at a dairyfarm in Germany with our 2 kids, this book would suit perfectly!

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    glory
    April 18, 2015 at 11:07 am

    this book is beautiful, and we would no doubt use many of its ideas to make our garden more adventurous. thanks!

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    Evelyne
    April 18, 2015 at 11:12 am

    What a great idea for a book. Can’t wait to checkit out!
    We don’t have much of a yard but would love to start gardening with my kids. This seems like the perfect starter.

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    Colette Miller
    April 18, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Love you website and ideas. This book would be amazing to win!

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    Tanya W
    April 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

    We’d love a copy of this book! Cathy always has wonderful ideas and I love using them to encourage learning indoors and out. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Aileen Young
    April 18, 2015 at 11:21 am

    HI, this is beautiful, wow!
    great for my kids, 4 & 7 years old!
    I hope my comment makes it, not
    sure if i did it correctly!
    Thank you! :)

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    Rachel
    April 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    this looks great, we would love it.

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    Jasmin
    April 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    That’s awesome. What a wonderful idea for a book.

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    Christine M
    April 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Gasp! Pick me!! What a beautiful book. I have a classroom full of 2nd graders that would love this.

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    Nikki Hill
    April 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Love this! It’s our first year having a garden!

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    Lauren Mc
    April 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    perfect timing! The weather here has finally begun to feel spring like. We love spending time outside and would love a copy of this book to inspire us.

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    Amanda
    April 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    This book looks amazing! I love the idea of using nature as a classroom. So excited to try out some of these ideas with my daughter!

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    Sara Bintz
    April 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    This book is awesome, I’m so glad I found this page!

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    Sara Bintz
    April 18, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Not sure if my first post, well, posted. Thank you for sharing this book – I look forward to browsing your blog and this book!

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    Gina
    April 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I just love Cathy’s ideas. As a homeschooling Mom, our garden is definitely a big part of our life and a cherished resource for learning.

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    Brittany Alessio
    April 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    this is excatly what ive been looking for

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    Laurie
    April 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Ooh, as a parent and a teacher this looks delicious!

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    Veronika
    April 18, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    lovely! Can’t wait to try this book with my children.

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    Rachelle
    April 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    These are beautiful ideas

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    Tyler
    April 18, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I love this book! I love spending time in the garden with my daughters. We are presently at work trying to identify all the plants and make our own garden book…

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    Alena
    April 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hi, this book looks amazing and would be so inspirational to read with the children!

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    Jessica
    April 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I love your blog. It looks like an amazing book!

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    Jade
    April 18, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I can’t wait to start gardening with my two year old and the other children in my care. Its so important that they connect with nature

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    Beth
    April 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    This is so exciting! I am just getting ready to start some seeds indoors and would love to have this book! I think it is so cool that the author has overlapped subject areas, and would like to use this book for my homeschool curriculum!

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    Mikaela
    April 18, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I’m putting this book on my Amazon wishlist. Perhaps it will be a Mothers’ Day gift? :)

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    Catherine
    April 18, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Would love to use this book for my gardening class with our homeschool group!

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    Mary Anne Taylor
    April 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Wow. What an amazing book. We already spend time in the garden. Isabella and I would love play more and more in the garden. What a blessing.

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    Mary Anne Taylor
    April 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Wow. What an amazing book. We love to be outside and what an inspiration to have these extra ideas. What a blessing.

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    Elizabeth
    April 18, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Would love to get a copy of this for my 3 kids!

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    Chelo
    April 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Looks like a great resource. I live gardening too!!!

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    Julie Liddle
    April 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    This book would be such a wonderful resource for the teachers at the nature and arts based preschool where I teach.

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    Julie Liddle
    April 18, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    This book would be such a wonderful resource for the teachers at the nature and arts based preschool where I work.

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    Christina Peters
    April 19, 2015 at 1:01 am

    This book looks so beautiful! I’m excited to share it with me little ones.

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    Diego Hernandez
    April 19, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I have such a love for agriculture and although I am young, I need to change this world. I have started by volunteering over 100 hours. I am very committed to my community and everything I do. Now, I am committed to sharing my wealth and knowledge through fun ways such that I am able to educate every generation, regardless of age, race, gender and every other thing that makes people forget, we are all human.
    Thank You for this opportunity and hope it all goes well for you :-)

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    MHoward
    April 19, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Looks like a fabulous book! What a wonderful way of bringing the classroom outdoors to nature. Nature sure can teach all of us so very much… and having so much fun doing It to!!! :) Thank you for sharing this book and the opportunity to win this book as well!!!

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    Karah
    April 19, 2015 at 1:39 am

    What a gorgeous looking book and a wonderful resource! :D

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    Miranda Stott
    April 19, 2015 at 6:16 am

    This book looks beautiful. We are a child led homeschooling family with three boys. i am so aware that I need to have them outside more. I am in the middle of changing my own mindset on what i see as an ‘outside activity’. The past few weeks when I have been setting up an activity, I ask myself, ‘can this be done outside?’ Our days go so much smoother when we spend large amounts of time outside. This book looks like an essential resource for our home, as it will provide further inspiration and ideas for me, on how to get myself and my boys outside even more. Thankyou!

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    Lydia
    April 19, 2015 at 6:20 am

    our tiny Australian school would love a copy of this divine-looking book! Yes we have kangaroos on our school oval in the morning :)

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    Emma F
    April 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

    What a great book! I’m off to put it on my Amazon wishlst!

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    Alya
    April 19, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I would love more ideas on how to learn and have fun outside with my kids, now that our long winter is finally ending! This books looks perfect for that. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Tricia
    April 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    This looks great. Beautiful photos and great ideas.

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    sara
    April 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Oh my gosh! I was on the fence about buying this book, but this sneak peak has tipped me over the edge. I want it! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Lynn armstrong
    April 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    we dont have a garden, or a yard, or even a balcony/patio…but we DO go on nature trails regularly! this seems like JUST the resource i need to get my kids not only more involved in nature, but learning, too! definitely going on my amazon wishlist!!!

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    Jacquelyn
    April 19, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, this book looks wonderful! The kids are just getting into the garden and loving it!

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    Mary
    April 19, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    What an amazing find! How I would LOVE to add this book to our collection! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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    Liesel
    April 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    This looks fantastic!

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    Sarah Mankelow
    April 19, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Gorgeous looking book, imagery and children busy learning and crafting. My daughter would love this book.

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    Melissa DuBois
    April 19, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    This book looks amazing! As a new grandma and classroom teacher I’d love a copy.

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    Angela
    April 19, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I’m so excited about this book! I raise a garden with my daughter ever year.

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    Amanda Shuler
    April 19, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Would love to give a copy to my child’s teacher!

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    Jessica S
    April 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    What a fun book! I would love to win one, but will buy one for sure even if I don’t win ;)

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    Louise
    April 20, 2015 at 8:59 am

    This looks like just the inspiration I need right now to get my three year old enjoying the outdoors.

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    Heather
    April 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

    This book looks wonderful! I’d love to get this for my 3 sons. We would have so much fun with this.

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    Sandy
    April 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

    This book looks beautiful! I think my daughter and I would really enjoy it!

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    Jamie Jameson
    April 20, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Every school should have a garden. Planting, tending, and harvesting fruits and vegetebles instills wonder, reverence, and a lifelong commitment to the earth. What a wonderful inspiration and gift your book is. Thank you.

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    sarah venn
    April 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

    What a neat book. We love to be outside and these look like some fun activities to try.

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    E Watts
    April 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    The book looks great! We go to a weekly preschool nature program, and this looks like it would have great ideas.

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    Kay
    April 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

    My boys and I would love this!

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    Louise Thomas
    April 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

    just found this blog and loving it, this book looks fantastic and sure to keep my 4 kids amused for days on end xxx

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    Kristin
    April 20, 2015 at 11:42 am

    What an extraordinary book! Sounds like it would not only be great to use at home, but my daughter’s classroom could really benefit from it.

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    Laura
    April 20, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    What a fantastic looking book. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    Ann
    April 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Such a great concept! I am looking forward to checking out this book!

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    Leigh Anne
    April 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    What a lovely resource! I’ll definitely be checking it out – both for our home and our school’s garden.

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    Katarinaa
    April 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I’d love to win this book for my new preschool which I’ve founded with my husband. we love our new family business :)

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    Melissa
    April 20, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    This book will be an invaluable resource in our outdoor classroom! Thank you so much for this post!

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    Maya S.
    April 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a lovely book! I would love to win this book.

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    Sarah W. H.
    April 20, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    This book is beautiful and practical! It would make a perfect addition to our farm- and garden-based homeschool co-op; it’s exactly the type of resource we’re looking for!

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    Natalie Blanch
    April 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I love all the ideas that you share, and reading through this point, realised that many of the pictures from this book have inspired activities outside for us even over just the last few days. With a 4yo daughter who lives and breathes the outdoor air, this book would be absolutely perfect for us over the coming years. Thank for the chance to enter to win!

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    Lilian Tanujaya
    April 20, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Wow! This book would be perfect for me and kids. We will move to the sub-urban with more space to do gardening than in the city. This book will give us inspiration to learn more than just planting. Hopefully I can get one, if not through this giveaway, maybe you can sell it in Indonesia :)

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    Lilian Tanujaya
    April 20, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Wow! This book would be perfect for me and my kids. We will move to the sub-urban where we will have more space for gardening than in the city. This book will give us inspiration to learn and do more than just planting. I hope we can get this book, if not through this giveaway, maybe you can sell it in Indonesia :)

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    Jen Tusz
    April 21, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Absolutely love the way this book looks and since my kids love leafing though my gardening books, I think this one would really inspire them!

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    mazgoli
    April 21, 2015 at 5:57 am

    I would love to win this beautiful book. I care for my grandchildren 4 days a week and it’s so important to me to nurture in them a love of nature and the natural world.

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    debbie dunn
    April 21, 2015 at 6:30 am

    love these ideas!

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    AmyClap
    April 21, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Looks like such a beautiful book. We have a tiny back garden and I take my toddler to look at insects and to touch trees, but I have no idea what else to do with him!

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    Susan
    April 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

    What an awesome book! I help with the school gardens at my children’s school and this would be a wonderful addition. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Susan
    April 21, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I do Family Childcare and this would be a great book.

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    Rachel Reeves
    April 21, 2015 at 7:22 am

    What a lovely book! The photos are gorgeous and it would make an amazing homeschool resource!!!!

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    Lara
    April 21, 2015 at 7:27 am

    It seems like a wonderful book. Would love to have it! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Jennet
    April 21, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Such a lovely book! It looks like hours of fun & learning.

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    Suzanne
    April 21, 2015 at 7:42 am

    This review was very helpful. Beautiful pictures of a lovely product–one that I hope to get my hands on soon (raffle or no raffle!)

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    Laura
    April 21, 2015 at 8:15 am

    beautiful photos and instructions!

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    Angie Carroll
    April 21, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I would love to use this book with my kids!

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    Savannah
    April 21, 2015 at 8:38 am

    What a beautiful book! My little guy has taken an interest in seeds and planting:)

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    Stacey Gold
    April 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

    What a beautiful book! The kids love the garden at our school!

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    Leah Williams
    April 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

    That rainbow made of leaves and petals is so lovely, it’s frameworthy ;-)

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    Jax Blunt (@liveotherwise)
    April 21, 2015 at 9:18 am

    This looks absolutely brilliant, would be a great addition to our home ed library.

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    Emily Hartman
    April 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Love the creativity this includes. We do a garden every year and the oldest loves it! My youngest will too! It’s such an adventure every time.

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    Ranae Amezquita
    April 21, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Looks like an awesome book! Would love to use it with the toddlers and preschoolers!!!!!!

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    Rebekah
    April 21, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    This would be wonderful to plant with my disabled pre-k students. They love the outside and playing in the dirt.

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    Iris
    April 21, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    This book looks so exciting!!! I can’t wait to try some of the activities with my little ones :)

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    Peggy Knock
    April 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I will get this beautiful book with money from my next pay check

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    Sandra Mil
    April 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    This book sounds exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much!

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    Niki
    April 21, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    This looks like a beautiful book. I can’t wait to read it!

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    Crystal
    April 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    This would be a wonderful resource for our local families. :o) It takes a village! Here’s to no child left inside…

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    Amy
    April 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I love the idea of this book! My 6 yr old has decided (yes, she decided) that we will plant a real garden this year. So, of course, we will. We are in the planning stages now…I can only imagine the fun this book might bring us as we grow our first batch of veggies and herbs!

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    Shirley
    April 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    What a wonderful looking book!

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    Carolyn
    April 21, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    The book is beautiful! We have seedlings started and can’t wait for planting time.

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    Candace
    April 21, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I love the idea of this book and it looks amazing. My 4 year old loves gardening and she is so excited that she has her own raised bed this year! :)

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    Jenn A
    April 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Gorgeous book. Yay for no child left inside!

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    Sassie
    April 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Awesome!

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    Kelly A
    April 21, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I would love to learn about gardening with my kiddos

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    Caryn
    April 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I am so inspired and so appreciative of all the creative ideas accessible through the Nurture Store! I can’t wait for summer to discover more of nature with my kiddos :-).

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    Amanda
    April 21, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    What an amazing book! This would be an awesome resource for our homeschooling. I love the idea of using nature as the classroom and this book gives some great ideas to utilize more nature into our learning.

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    Mysteri David
    April 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    What a cool way to cover the school basics while getting to get your hands dirty!

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    Hillary
    April 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This book looks fantastic- just the layout of the pages is engaging!

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    Rachel Opel
    April 21, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    What a gorgeous book! The photos look amazing and I would love to try some of those ideas. We cold use the motivation to get outdoors more often in rainy Seattle!

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    Sara
    April 21, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Gorgeous book! Thanks for sharing.

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    naomi
    April 22, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Looks like a fantastic book. Hours of fun.

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    Veronica
    April 22, 2015 at 7:23 am

    This was a lovely review! I will be looking to amazon for this book.

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    Julie
    April 22, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Such wonderful ideas. I’m an art teacher in Hong Kong and always looking for ways to work in the outdoors, also a lovely way to connect with other subject areas

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    Alexis Hitchcock
    April 22, 2015 at 8:43 am

    What a amazing book. Wonderful classroom resource for years to come.

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    Julie Shaffer
    April 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Looks amazing! Would love to read!

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    Pam / Hey, Miss Adventures!
    April 22, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Really nice book. I love the colors in it, too.

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    reina
    April 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    This looks so awesome and I would love to be able to share it with the daycare my twins toddlers go to!

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    Ana
    April 23, 2015 at 2:11 am

    This is so beautiful, for children to learn about the nature around us.

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    Kathy Cattell
    April 23, 2015 at 6:07 am

    This book looks like it would have lots of great ideas for our school garden club!

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    Brooke
    April 23, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I am always looking for ideas to teach my daughters (and myself!) more about gardening. This book looks beautiful!

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    stella
    April 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    What a wonderful book! This would be perfect for us, as we have just gotten our yard done (we recently moved into a new development) and I’d love myself to learn and to teach my girls more about gardening.

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    Steph
    April 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve been a fan of The Artful Parent for a while. As well, of NurtureStore. This book would be a wonderful addition to the other outdoor education resources I have. Beautiful photography, lovely ideas, and a great initiative! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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    Lindsay H
    April 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    This looks like a beautiful book1!I’d love to add it to our studies. Thanks!

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    Julie Snobelen
    April 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Thanks for your review of this book. Looks inspirational.

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    Whitney
    April 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    This looks great!! Looking forward to looking more closely at all this topic has to offer! Thank you.

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    Victoria
    April 24, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity , would love to win a copy for my children’s small school .

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    Dawn
    April 24, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I live this! For my home and for my daughter’s forest school!

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    Melanie Graham
    April 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Learning in the garden is such a wonderfully engaging way of teaching children, and spending quality time with them.

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    Michele Nogueira
    April 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I want it! <3

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    Pauline
    April 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    What a wonderful give away! Would love to have this book for our nature center. We have a children’s garden and would love more ideas of ways to program around it.

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    Laurie Viets
    April 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    This would be great for our family and our school!

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    Laurie Viets-Strel
    April 24, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    this would be great for our family and school!

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    Jenn
    April 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    This book looks absolutely beautiful! The Kid and I just started gardening last summer on our little apartment deck, and it was so wonderful to learn the life cycle, to get our hands messy, and to eat what we grew ourselves. (Only tomatoes, spinach, and basil, but it was a start!)

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    dee
    April 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    This book looks like an awesome resource!

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    Rebecca
    April 24, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Book looks lovely. I can’t wait to read it cover to cover.

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    Deb
    April 24, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    What a beautiful book. We recently moved to a house with a wonderful big garden (previously we had a postage stamp) and it looks like this book could give me lots of inspiration.

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    Anne
    April 24, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Better to dream for the future than regret the present. I love books like this for dreaming up an outside space.

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    robin
    April 24, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    This looks absolutely darling. My kiddos love outdoor play and I think this would have some fresh ideas for us to try out!

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    jenni heartway
    April 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    This looks great!

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    Kristen Heeres
    April 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    So inspiring and I may have little helpers in the garden too :)!

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    Alicia
    April 24, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I would love this!

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    Lacy Sanford
    April 24, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    This is a beautiful book! Would love this for our homeschool!

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    Erica Wilmer
    April 24, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    This looks like so much fresh fun! We are moving from a stuffy townhouse into a house with a real backyard–with trees and tons of nature. I would love this book to help us spend our summer outside. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Anna
    April 24, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I would love this book!

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    Elle Flores
    April 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I love the idea for this book. So inspirational. The photos are lovely. What a gem. Thank you.

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    Michelle
    April 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I love how you incorporate science and art. I often do this in my Montessori elementary classroom and am always looking for new ideas! The new book looks great!

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    Jennifer
    April 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Oh, we need this for our garden/farming block we are doing this spring for our homeschooling!! Thanks so much for the chance, what a huge thing this would be for us.

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    Rachael
    April 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    What a wonderful idea! Great to get the kids outdoors and learning about their natural environment. The book looks amazing, thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Sarah Stevens
    April 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I love your blog so much! I did not have much in the way of art experiences growing up. Your blog shows me how to provide those art and creative activities and experiences for my own children. Thank you!

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    Melody A
    April 24, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    This will be the first year doing a garden with my kid, so this book would be great to have!

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    Jackie Young
    April 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    What a great book! Gardening season is short in Maine – we only just started a few seedlings this morning, and it will be weeks yet before anything is ready to go outside – so I feel like I could use suggestions for maximizing the fun of this short but bountiful season… After all, we’ve waited all winter!

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    Jeanette
    April 24, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    this books sounds absolutely wonderful!

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    Mary
    April 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Wow! That was a lot of scrolling to get here! I have loved your blog and used ideas from it for years with my granddaughters and now I love telling new moms about it. You are so inspiring…and I love gardening!

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    Sagarika
    April 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    As a mother, looking at beautiful and fun art for my little guy. Nothing better to teach him more about nature and creativity.

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    Jennifer LeMesurier
    April 24, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    This is so beautiful. I have beautiful memories as gardening as a child abd love sharing it with my girls.

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    Jenna
    April 24, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    This sounds like a lovely book!

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    Judy
    April 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    I love gardening with my grandchildren! Looks like so many fun and educational ideas in this book!

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    Ayelet
    April 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I have 2 boys ages 4,6. This can be perferct for them!

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    Christine Davis
    April 24, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    We just moved from the city to a home with a real yard and garden. We would love the chance to win this book to start our 2 & 5 year old girls on a path to learning through nature. Thank you!

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    Lisa Gertz
    April 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I love spending time outdoors with my three kids (and any extra kids we have along with us)! This book looks fab — thanks for all the ideas and multi-disciplinary connections!

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    Carol
    April 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    This looks amazing!

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    Gina
    April 24, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    This book looks amazing!

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    Lynne
    April 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I’m not an outdoorsy person, but I now have an outdoors-loving 2yr old in my care. This book looks like a fantastic resource!

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    Jo Hayley
    April 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    We are currently redesigning our yard and this book would be a wonderful resource to assist with this undertaking. Looking forward to getting a copy.

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    Sarah
    April 24, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Beautiful! So excited to use this book at home with my kiddos!

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    Lynsey
    April 24, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I would love to win this book to inspire us in our classroom!

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    Amber Boggs
    April 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I am a mother, gardener, activist, nature artist and soon-to-be science and english teacher. I love any book that puts together all of my favorite things and makes it appealing to address with children. I will be putting this book on my wish list. I can’t wait to read it!

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    Thuy-Tien
    April 24, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Looks great!!! Will definitely buy this one now that summer is (almost) around the corner (unfortunately, it has been snowing for the last 24 hours, but hopefully this is the last time of the year!!). By the way, I absolutely LOVE your blog and my boys and I have been trying tons of activities you have published… Thanks a lot!

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    Karen
    April 24, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Beautiful! I’m excited to have learned about this book!

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    LaTisha Flowers
    April 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I would love to have this book for my classroom and also for my own children.

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    Leigh
    April 24, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Just under the wire!!

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    Katherine
    April 25, 2015 at 3:44 am

    What a fabulous book! A must have – as a mum and teacher!!

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    Carolyn
    April 25, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Awesome would love this book to share will my centre :)

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    Meg
    April 25, 2015 at 6:53 am

    this book looks great, thanks for the chance!

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    ashley proaps
    April 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I cant wait to see this

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    Minh-An
    April 25, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this amazing book.

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    Emelia
    June 14, 2015 at 7:19 am

    This book looks amazing!

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    Jaysey Carlson
    April 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Our family spends a lot of time gardening and outdoors in nature, this book looks so inspirational (as if we needed an excuse to spend more time with nature, haha!). Can’t wait to check it out!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, Jaysey! Have you read Sharon Lovejoy’s books on gardening with kids? Those are great, too! Especially Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots.

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