Nicole Says… Read This Book by Mary B. Rein to Your Kids

By Nicole McManus

The Budding Gardener by Mary B. Rein
The Budding Gardener
by Mary B. Rein

The Budding Gardener is an activity book dedicated to teaching young children the fascinating world of gardening. Chocked full of fun activities and do-it-yourself projects, kids will soon be wrapped up in the delights of watching seeds grow. Through this book, they can learn about container gardening, composting, flowers and food.

This book is broken down into five sections, with each page devoted to an individual idea. It lists everything that you will need, the steps to take to achieve success and even a few recommended reading titles should you want to learn more about your plants. There are projects for indoor and outdoor gardening, from simple one bulb dishes to larger vegetable gardens. One main thing that the book stresses, besides getting children involved in every step, is to re-use and repurpose items lying around the home. This will open up conversations on topics such as cooking, recycling, astronomy, writing and building a community through generosity. Children and adults will be anxious to get their hands in the dirt.

The Budding Gardener is a fabulous activity book for kids. The easy to follow steps provide a job for everyone ages three and older. Adults will have just as much fun as the kids with the different ideas found within its pages. There’s even a section on how to build a Moon Garden! Imagine late summer night parties with the beautiful scenery of your special garden. When I read this, I immediately remembered the scene in Dennis the Menace, where Mr. Wilson held the garden party just to watch the one special flower bloom in the full moon’s glow…and to think you could have several moon-loving plants in your garden! This is a delightful and engaging read, and whether you are a novice or an avid-gardener, I highly recommend it as one the entire family will enjoy!

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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