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Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, "Sunflower Houses" is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, stories, games, and planting projects. Paperback, 144. Reading level: ages 9-12. Workman.
A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations (Victoria).
Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. Throughout are the artist's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.
Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on Today at NBC, PBS's Victory Garden, and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.
"A fetching primer on gardening for children, chockablock with botanical lore…. Green-thumbed adults will also find this an irresistible excursion into old-fashioned garden history."
"[Sunflower Houses] lit up my life, and indeed, may go on doing so for many years to come. Enchanting!"
American Library Book Review
"What child, or adult, would not be delighted? [Lovejoy's] recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations!"