About the Book
Title: A Year in the Life of the Secret Garden | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters | Publication Date: November, 2014 | Publisher: Audrey Press | Pages: 144 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 99
Book Description: Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.
My Thoughts: Just after my daughter was born, our local newspaper, the Vancouver Sun, sponsored a wonderful event where you could purchase one children’s classic book per week over a series of weeks (31 in total) for only a few dollars. Needless to say, I was all over that and that is how I started our collection of children’s literary classics. In the collection, there was, of course, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Here is an image of my copy:
To say that this book is magical is an understatement. In the continuing era of Harry Potter mania, Hodgson Burnett’s classic is much more subtle in its enchantment, but it continues to withstand the test of time, and through A Year in the Secret Garden a new generation of readers can be introduced to this wonderful story.
A Year in the Secret Garden provides the perfect companion to the original story. The book is divided into major sections by months of the year. For each month, a character from the book (e.g., Mary Lennox, Dickon, Colin) is introduced and their role in the story is described. Each month also features a number of activities including planting activities, crafts, recipes, children’s games, as well as snippets of information about some of the themes covered in the story (e.g., death in Victorian England, language spoken in Yorkshire), and so much more!
For example, September is the first month covered in the book. The chapter begins with an introduction to the story and basic information about the main character (Mary) and the house where she moves (Misselthwaite Manor) are presented. Because Mary moved from India to England, the activities featured in Chapter 1 center around Indian culture. Thus, there is a recipe for Indian-style chicken curry (she says with mouth watering) and there are detailed instructions for how to make a rangoli-style paving stone and a magic carpet. Both are very child-friendly activities that will transport them to the great outdoors! For more information about what is included in the book, see the month-by-month guide below.
Visually, this book is GORGEOUS! The book uses a combination of hand-drawn illustrations as well as photographs which are peppered throughout the text. The text and illustrations go hand-in-hand and are integrated beautifully page after page. Never mind the children, I could flip through this book for hours myself making note of all of the activities I could do with my children. I see that homeschoolers or even teachers can use this activity guide hand-in-hand with The Secret Garden with their students. The potential for what there is to learn is tremendous.
My Bottom Line: A Year in the Secret Garden is a treasure trove of activities, crafts, games, recipes and information all related to the classic children’s book, The Secret Garden, bringing to life this wonderful book to a new generation of readers. I cannot recommend this beautifully illustrated and detailed, information-packed book highly enough to parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and librarians. Ages 5+
* This book was provided to me free-of-charge from the author for this blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. The author is also participating in our book promotion services.
Month by Month Guide
About the Author: Valarie Budayr
Valarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure.
She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.
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About the Illustrator: Marilyn Scott-Waters
Marilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website, www.thetoymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things.
She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymaker’s Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymaker’s Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).
A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour Schedule (2014)
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