⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Green Giant Written and Illustrated by Katie Cottle

I believe firmly that we all need a little nature in our lives. And Katie Cottle‘s The Green Giant, out just this March (Pavilion), is a book about the importance of just this.

When Bea Green (aptly named) goes to visit her Grandpa, she has to quickly get off her iPad (like so many of us who are glued to our technology with the natural world just waiting outside!!!!!) when her dog Iris runs away. What she finds is, however, is not what she expects. Bea meets a green giant (note: her grandfather) in the greenhouse and develops a love for flowers and plants. When she returns to the city, she brings seeds and plants them in her community.

This is a wonderful story about the power of plants and flowers and nature. I think more young children should be introduced to the positive aspects of gardening. I know my little guy loved watering plants at his grandparents’ house, so I’m going to purchase a watering can and some plans for him this afternoon.

I’m thinking a lot these days about how books can be used to spark civic engagement, and this book would complement well any curriculum around having young students create gardens. A text set might include The Green Giant, When Grandma Gives you a Lemon, and Growing Season. Students might also be interested in learning more about urban gardens in cities like NYC.

One to plant on your bookshelves, The Green Giant earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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