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Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book)

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Is this book about a real woman in STEAM?

A companion to the new Over and Under the Pond and the beloved Over and Under the Snow, this sweet exploration of the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year "could not be more lovely," according to the Washington Post. Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home. In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves...and down in the dirt.

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Kate Messner


Christopher Silas Neal


Chronicle Books

Recommended Ages:

5 - 8 years


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Girls Love STEAM Review:

Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:

Packed! 5 stars
"I’m going to use this book in my K-2 Forest School classroom. So much to discover here! I had to order more of the series, as well as another one of this title, so my students could buddy read it together.

It is on the surface a simple story, but you can read it again and again just looking at the artwork.

How many invertebrates can you find? Can you draw a plant above and below the dirt? Draw/write about one thing that happens in each of the four seasons. Use play dough to make some of the creatures found in the book... or to make a model of a life cycle or a food chain you see. See what I mean? This book is packed! I don’t need textbooks in my classroom when books like this are so much more inspiring!"

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