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Lessons from Mother Earth
Mcleod, Elaine, 1955-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
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A Groundwood book.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 55972.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Tess has visited her grandma many times without really being aware of her garden. But today when they step out the door, Tess learns that all of nature can be a garden. She discovers that if you take care of the plants that are growing and you learn about them -- understanding when they flower, when they bear fruit, and when to leave them alone -- you will always find something to nourish you. Tess is grateful to Mother Earth and to her grandmother for their teachings.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This first book by an author born in the Yukon and a member of the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation is about respecting and caring for the planet. Tess, five, visits her grandmother's mountain cabin. The woman wants to teach the child about her garden, which consists of all of the plants growing wild on the surrounding land. The first rule is "that you must always take good care of our garden." Following that, she tells Tess to say a prayer of thanks while picking; to harvest just enough and at the right time; and to take care not to trample the vegetation or leave rubbish. For dinner, they gather wild edibles-lamb's-quarters, dandelion shoots, and blueberries. Wood's realistic yet impressionistic watercolors are glowing and lush, with dabs of color for light and shadow, wilderness landscapes, and close-ups of berries and woodland animals. This story would work particularly well for Earth Day or as part of a nature ecology unit. Though the title leans toward the didactic, it will attract interested browsers.-Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.