Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Day 21: Peas Please

I know… I’ve been on repeat about my love of watercolor.  It’s my favorite medium of book illustrations.  The “just enough” details an artist gives to the pages brings a soft but detailed look. 

The next farm story is a beauty… and also a story farm girls will especially enjoy.


In First Peas to the Table author Susan Grigsby writes about a classroom project inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s garden.  Maya feels excited to grow peas and hopes she is the first to fill a bowl with the vegetables she grows. If she wins Maya will get to wear crown that is “green and gold with emerald-colored pea-sized jewels all around it.”


“Be bold and experiment!” their teacher says.  “Jefferson traded seeds with people around the world. Then he used his garden like a giant science lab to test which plants would grow best.”


Page 21 shows Maya performing a pea blossom dance in her green galoshes.  Illustrator Nicole Tadgell paints the pages in pretty watercolor. The pages feel soft and smooth, with details of pea seed packets and classroom notes sitting on school desks.


With it being published earlier this year, this read is a new book on the block.  I think it would make a great guidance lesson in school or at home in your garden. 

My next question is for my teaching friends out there.  What are you reading in your classroom this week?


My Library List:
Preview Day: 30 Days of Farm Kid Stories
Day 1: One Moment
Day 2: Perfect Pizza
Day 3: Our Heartland
Day 4: Pasta Fistful
Day 5: One Fast Grower
Day 6: Farmer Seuss
Day 7: Just One Cookie?
Day 8: Frowns Turn into Smiles
Day 9: BOO-HA

Day 10: Big Red Barn
Day 11: Magic with Vegetables

Day 12: Call to Action
Day 13: BOOM
Day 14: Ponies and Cowboys
Day 15: Value to our Trees
Day 16: Tractor Time
Day 17: Wishing for a Washing
Day 18: United Tweets
Day 19: Popcorn Pops
Day 20: Busy Places

Our blogging host Holly Spangler writes “30 Days on a Prairie Farm” this month on her blog: My Generation.


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