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My indoor garden
Lerner, Carol.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Discusses how to care for plants indoors, including such aspects as light, temperature, humidity, pests, diseases, equipment, and how to choose and grow your own plants.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.9 5 Quiz: 28048 Guided reading level: NR.

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SB419.2 .L47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB419.2 .L47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB419.2 .L47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
SB419.2 .L47 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Beginners will learn how to cultivate houseplants with this easy-to-follow handbook. "My Indoor Garden" covers everything from proper plant selection to basic plant care to simple propagating techniques. Packed with practical advice and helpful tips, and filled with exquisite watercolor illustrations, this basic how-to book guides youngsters to a hobby that can be a source of lifelong pleasure.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-7. Once again teaming her knowledge and love of plants with her pen-and-watercolor botanical artwork, Lerner offers a well-planned guide to nurturing an indoor garden. Her explanations of essentials--from adequate light and humidity to selection of appropriate plants--are accompanied by her delicate, realistic illustrations. Sidebars contain such additional clarification as an explanation of dormancy and a depiction of a cyclamen plant. Illustrated panels, among a wealth of other information, portray a painless method of repotting a spiny cactus and detail the various means of propagating new plants. Lerner's discussion of the types as well as the uses of compost and her treatment of plant pests demonstrate her talent for lucidly relating facts and delivering step-by-step instructions. Her tips on providing for plants' care during a gardener's extended absence reveal her effort to cover all aspects of her subject. An attractive, readable, and valuable resource for library collections. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-This fine companion piece to the author's My Backyard Garden (Morrow, 1998) has the same picture-book format and beautifully accurate watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. This time, Lerner offers a practical look at growing and caring for indoor plants. Light, temperature, and humidity are discussed, as well as how to select a healthy plant for the environment in one's house. Caring for a plant through health and sickness is covered, as are the various ways to start new plants from those that are established. The book concludes with a chart of 65 common houseplants, their botanical and common names, amounts of light required, special care, and propagation techniques; many of these plants are pictured and labeled throughout the book. The information is clear, botanically correct, and user-friendly, creating a fine balance for children who are just beginning to or want to learn more about growing healthy indoor plants. The picture-book format belies this title's thoroughness: there is a wealth of material here.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.