First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby, published by Albert
Whitman & Co.m was selected as one of the 2013 Growing Good Kids -
Excellence in Children's Literature Award Winners!
This book awards program was established to recognize and build
awareness of picture books that effectively promote an understanding of
and appreciation for gardening/plants and the environment. Through
engaging story, illustration and design, First Peas to the Table was
designated by our book awards committee as exemplifying excellence in
Thanks, Growing Good Kids!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
|Here's a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the making of this book:|
|Mrs. Barhoff's 4th grade class graciously modeled for me! Here, I asked them to pretend I wasn't there.|
|Rough sketch of the cover|
|Rough sketch of my favorite page|
|My first pea seedling!|
|More seedlings, planted on different days.|
|Here's where I fell in love with bright pink and yellow|
"This beautifully illustrated story has a mixture of both fiction and facts about the life cycle of peas....Teachers will find a multitude of ways to use this book and this team's In the Garden with Dr. Carver." School Library Journal
"The first-person narrative relates events and Maya's changing perspective in a believably childlike voice, while the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations capture the story's tone as well as the characters' emotions." Booklist
"This picture book seamlessly meshes together a little science, a little history, and a strong storyline." Library Media Connection
And the wonderful Jama Rattigan gave space on her blog for this review.