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 Review of: "A Year in the Secret Garden"
I just have to say: "Wow!! What a great concept this book is."
"A Year in the Secret Garden" revisits a favorite childhood book in an intriguing way.
Divided into 12 months, each chapter deals with a food that would be served in that month, spotlights a character from the original book: "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and offers a variety of activities that present day kids would enjoy doing--that the characters in the original book actually did.
For example, in November, kids were given instructions on how to make jump ropes out of plastic bags and were supplied with several classic and unfamiliar 'jump rope songs.' I loved jumping rope with my friends at recess, so this appealed to me on many levels.
Fun facts, information about the time and place that "The Secret Garden" is set in, traditions from both India and Great Britain are explored and shared in a novel way. (no pun intended.) :)
Because of Harry Potter, I've heard of treacle. Because of "A Year in the Secret Garden" I know what it is. I enjoyed learning about year round traditions in India and Great Britain, how a Victorian Christmas and an Edwardian Christmas came to be.
The Yorkshire Phrase book (a directory of common phrases used in the original book) made learning local dialect fun and entertaining. One of my daughters is obsessed with anything British--so she enjoyed the 'new-to-her' phrases. It was fun to discover that a "sprog" was a child--but another word for sweets was "spoggs." Similar phrases--but very different in meaning.
The recipes were time period and setting appropriate and looked absolutely delightful. I plan to try a few of them. "Robin cakes" look like a fun afternoon's activity with a child. They are edible, robin shaped cakes that I would have fun making with my 11-and 14-year-old daughters.
If a child (or adult) is interested in India, Great Britain or the original "A Secret Garden" book, then they will LOVE "A Year in the Secret Garden."
About the Author: Valarie BudayrValarie 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-WatersMarilyn 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).
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