Monday, June 25, 2012
Nonfiction Monday: Linnea's Windowsill Garden by Christina Bjork, illustrated by Lena Anderson
I love the Linnea books. I love her enthusiasm and independence and I love the flowers and plants that swarm through her stories. This is my favorite of the Linnea books, although it makes me sigh with longing every time I read it - my own windows face north and I've not been able to grow anything but a few polka-dot plants. But someday...
With the help of her friend Mr. Bloom, Linnea grows a myriad of plants in her small apartment. From orange trees to avocados, cress and beans, Scarlet Runner beans, Busy Lizzie (impatiens), and more, each one of them blooms and flourishes in Linnea's windowsill garden. With each plant, she learns something as well.
Linnea learns about the water cycle by planting a peperomia in a jar and creating her own miniature water cycle. She learns about how to take care of plants - watering, getting rid of bugs, etc. with her Busy Lizzie. She makes a game out of plum seeds, grows an amaryllis, and uses beans to learn about germination; and have a growing contest!
ISBN: 9129590647; Published 1978 by R & S; Reviewed from my personal copy