This enchanting book will delight readers of all ages with its endearing story, lovely illustrations, and comprehensive instruction that introduces children to the world of gardening in a way that is easy to understand. Using a powerful "play-lesson" format, The Mary Frances Garden Book 100th Anniversary Edition teaches how to test and amend soil, how to make compost, the proper way to water plants, the parts of a flower, the origin and history of roses, the benefits of birds and bees, plus the good and bad of insects. When Mary Frances decides to have a garden party, instruction is provided in planning ahead to entertain a group, develop a meal plan, and coordinate time-sensitive tasks. Further instruction includes plans for a tiny herb garden complete with tips for the use of herbs in cooking. Sowed throughout the story are lessons in thrift, courtesy, sharing, work ethic, patience, persistence, and appreciation of the food we eat. In helping to make things grow, Mary Frances and her friends share the pleasures of the land, finding joy, appreciation and understanding of nature's wonders in their garden adventures. A gentle spirit of comradeship between boys and girls permeates the pages of this unique garden book.
Childhood is the ideal time to introduce gardening as children are natural gardeners: they are inherently curious, they blossom when learning by experience, and they love to play in the dirt. By working in a garden, children can observe the cycle of life, and gain the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time. Youth gardens provide a way to encourage children to make smart nutritional choices, form better lifelong eating habits, and develop a love of nature. Gardens build self-esteem in a way that is fun, but also contributes to the family's well-being.
The Mary Frances Garden Book 100th Anniversary Edition has been restored, updated, and expanded for the 21st century to include a new introduction, larger format, fresh typesetting, enhanced graphics and a bonus pattern to make a child's gardening apron. Black and white illustrations are included on every page, and color illustrations on the covers. The charming storyline of this beautifully illustrated book will captivate children, and its comprehensiveness will engage and educate readers of all ages.
The complete Mary Frances 100th Anniversary collection includes The Mary Frances Cook Book 100th Anniversary Edition, The Mary Frances Sewing Book 100th Anniversary Edition, The Mary Frances Housekeeper 100th Anniversary Edition, The Mary Frances Garden Book 100th Anniversary Edition, The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book 100th Anniversary Edition, The Mary Frances First Aid Book 100th Anniversary Edition and The Mary Frances Story Book 100th Anniversary Edition.