‘Sow and Grow: A Gardening Book for Children’ by Tina Davis (Google / LA Times)

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‘Sow and Grow: A Gardening Book for Children’ by Tina Davis

The illustrated book combines basic science lessons with monthly growing experiments.
By Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
May 1, 2008

‘Sow and Grow: A Gardening Book for Children’
By Tina Davis
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $19.95

This little book is a child’s introduction to the way things grow and the importance of plants in our universe. Designed with vintage illustrations to hold the attention of those too young to read the text, it is a mix of basic science lessons and delightful growing experiments — one for each month of the year. All can be easily achieved with help from adults, and no special equipment is needed.

The January section shows how to start plants from seeds on a plate, in a jar or on a sponge. For February, it tells how to grow a carrot, pineapple or avocado in your kitchen. April’s fun is growing a tiny garden in an eggshell. July is terrarium month. Pages cover plant structure; fertilizer; the properties of air, sun and water; and even a few puzzles based on names of flowers.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.