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In the Garden

In the Garden is a delightful board book for children ages 1 to 3, written by Elizabeth Spurr. Early on so many little boys get caught up playing with trucks or trains or monsters.

Book cover: In the Garden.It is both refreshing and salutary to see a little boy who is planting seeds in a garden. It's not easy work as he hoes the rows and pulls the weeds. But the reward of green sprouts and leaves is well worth the wait.

In the garden the boy is tutored in the value of working with nature to create beauty. He also witnesses the miracle of new life. Best of all, this experience outdoors gives him a chance to express his nurturing instinct (Peachtree, 2012).


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