4 out of 4 stars
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Bedlam in Grandma Green’s Garden is a delightful children's picture book by Kim Richman. When Grandma Green heads outdoors to her garden, she discovers yellow dandelions growing everywhere. The pesky weeds seem to have sprouted overnight and are crowding her garden. As she gathers strawberries, she hears an unknown voice and realizes that one of the dandelions is speaking to her. It wants to be picked, and Grandma is perplexed. She bakes pies with strawberries, and makes salads with garden vegetables, but what on earth can she do with dandelions?
The picture book is professionally edited and beautifully illustrated. It will amuse young readers while it teaches them the value of the dandelion and introduces the concept of sustainability through gardening. Richman includes a dandelion cookie recipe and lists beneficial qualities of the dandelion that will further engage and teach readers. For instance, I have heard of adding dandelion greens to salads, but I was unaware that they have "saved people from starvation," as the roots, leaves, and flowers are all edible.
Hands down, the colorful dandelion illustrations are my favorite feature of this short picture book; they exude personality and bring the dandelion's character to life. The bright yellow flower is in tears as it reasons with Grandma Green. As a garden enthusiast, I can attest to the fact that the resilient weeds do appear to grow overnight, and like Grandma, I have been guilty of viewing them as pests. However, this amusing story will cause readers of all ages to rethink their views on the weed that most children already consider a bouquet-worthy flower.
There isn't anything I dislike about the book, but I have a suggestion for improvement. The book is quite short, and young readers would enjoy seeing additional illustrations of Grandma Green making the cookies, which would also add a few pages to the book's overall length.
For its entertaining story, delightful illustrations, and teaching value, I am pleased to rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to young readers through the age of 10 and to parents, grandparents, and teachers.
Bedlam in Grandma Green’s Garden
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