April 26, 2012

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots

Love, love, love this book! You’re going to love it too! And then we can all love it together! And grow things! With our kids! Unless it rains, in which case we shan’t garden. Instead, I will run inside with my kiddo and we will huddle under blankies and watch ‘Mary Poppins’ for the 100th millionth time.

(Yes, I said “shan’t” just now, you didn’t imagine it.)

I’m a BIG Sharon Lovejoy fan! Her gardening books are enchanting. They are meant for adults, but the pictures can also be enjoyed and shared with the kidlets in your life, and her books will give you tons of ideas and projects for outdoor, gardeny fun. I gave her book ‘Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks’ to my mom-in-law a couple of years ago. That one is AMAZING.

But let’s take a peek at the book I have, ‘Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children’, shall we?

(I just threw in a “shall”. Just FYI.)

Here’s a recipe for Moth Broth, I know you’ve been looking for such a thing for ages:

I can’t say enough fantastical things about Lovejoy’s books. It would be so fun to sit down with your kiddo and pore over the illustrations, which will just make you freak out and do a happy dance at their delightfulness.

All of her activities are fun, approachable and won’t make you shake your head, thinking “I could never do that…” – I feel that way all too often when I read about crafty things. These gardening activity books will INSPIRE you and make you feel really excited to run out and GET PLANTING, even if said planting occurs in a teeny tiny pot.


  1. Sharon Lovejoy is wonderful! We checked a stack of her books out from the library last year, in preparation for our garden (that didn't survive our record heat). This year, I lucked into her book Sunflower Houses at our local botanical gardens. It was 50% off in the gift shop, so of course it came home with me.

    1. I really would love to see that one! I want to steal back the 'Toad Cottages' book I gave my MIL, or get myself a copy -- so many fun outdoorsy and easy crafty things to do! There's an activity on how to make an outdoor oven out of a pizza box in that one, I think that would fun to try out...

  2. Hi, this is going to be the weirdest comment ever, but I just realized (when I was 'over exclamation marking' as I worked on a post) that I meant to tell you this today: Solar ovens from pizza boxes rock for making s'mores! Rock!

    When are you going to use a solar oven though? You need a rain powered oven-- you know what, just have the pizza box and s'more stuff always at the ready-- the sun will shine, eventually. :)

    1. Ha ha ha! I know. We can maybe use a solar oven in August, which is when we get out summer, basically. VERY cool about the s'mores! Julia would love that!

  3. Tell me that you know that Mary Poppins will be at Third place books on Sunday, autographing her new book!!!!

    1. Oh. MY.GOSH!!! I didn't know. And I just checked it out and the event is sold out. Oh my goodness! Are you going? Take a picture! Her new book looks darling! Have you ever read 'Mandy'? One of my all time favs. J is too young for it still. I loved that book!

  4. This does look like a lovely book. Thanks for linking this post to Discover and Explore. I hope you'll be back to share for our Moon, Stars, and Nighttime Sky theme this week.

    1. Hi Shaunna!! Oh the link went through?? Great! I wasn't sure that it did. I'm such a tech dunce :)

      Oooh Moon and Stars stuff.....fun! I'll have to see if I have any material to rustle up :)