This year our family planted our first vegetable garden. The process of the planting was great fun for the boys although I am not sure how successful our venture is going to be...only half the garden has sprouted thus far! I think part of the appeal of gardening for the kids (besides the messy fun of course!) was due to a couple of their favorite books. Mystery Vine by Cathryn Falwell which I reviewed back in February and Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming are big favorites with my boys.
Muncha, Muncha, Muncha is the story of a very determined gardener, Mr. McGreely, and some even more determined little bunnies. Mr. McGreely builds his dream garden but in the night, three little bunnies sneak in, "tippy-tippy-tippy-pat, Muncha-Muncha-Muncha"!. The bunnies gobble up all of the gardener's vegetables. The furious Mr. McGreely first builds a wire fence, a wooden fence, then a moat and finally a great cinder block wall but each time those bunnies find a way in. There are great sound effects in this book demonstrating the sounds of the bunnies sneaking into the garden and it makes for a fun read. My boys love to recite parts right along with me. This is a great book for this time of the year and is a super fun read. It is recommended for ages 3-7 and I think this is pretty accurate although it may even have a bit more staying power than that.
I was doing a little research on the author, Candace Fleming, and paid a visit to her website http://www.candacefleming.com/. There I found not only some of her other titles but some great ideas for crafts, songs and activities to go along with Muncha, Muncha, Muncha....what a great resource! You can buy Muncha, Muncha, Muncha at Amazon or be sure to check it out next time you are at the library...it is a great read!