Beautiful Books

For those of you who call yourself true Seedlings……a child of the earth, who cares about animals and flowers and helps parents in the garden then there are certain books that if you have not read them yet……then you MUST.  YOU MUST! 

Grown-ups love the “Best Lists”…they cannot help themselves.  The 10 best cars for teenagers!  The top 20 schools for journalism!  The top 100 best movies of all time!  The lists go on and on and on.  And for what purpose you might ask? 

Two reasons….1) they like to be organized which is why they shout at you for the state of your bedroom.  2) They also like to chat with the people at work….they can say they’ve seen, been, watched the top whatever of whatever list they read in the newspaper and then they will pretend to be hip and trendy and all that (using really old fashions words) that you’ve never heard of.   

Blah blah blah.  

If you are reading this post then you are a Seedling that loves Mother Nature.  And if you love Mother Nature, then you have a heart so big and so mighty that no one can ever keep you down. Best Lists are just other peoples opinions and you are very capable of forming your own.  What follows isn’t necessarily a best list, and its definitely my humble opinion but you and I have a lot in common and I’ll think you like them!

If you‘ve got guts and gumption and can pick up worms without being grossed out then “Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror” by Chris Priestley is for you.  Chapter 6 – Winter Pruning…..that is scary stuff.  You will have nightmares for weeks and weeks when you read that one!  Never ever mess with an old lady…..always be nice to old ladies. 

If you are a girl and you have a fabulous Grandpa or Grandma then “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” by Jacqueline Kelly is the book for you.  Grab that wrinkly old hand and get to know your grandparents.  They are so much more interesting than your parents… me, and you too could discover your own vicia tateii. 

There are a host of obvious Seedling books which I am sure you have on your bookshelf such as ….”The Secret Garden”, “The Wind in the Willows”, “Charlottes Web” (ok, not quite gardening but it involves farm animals).  But I want you to focus on those books that are perhaps a little less obvious.  Such as “The Truffle Hunter” written by perhaps the best illustrator of all time Inga Moore.  Martine the Pig meets Raoul the Wild Boar and he shows her how to find truffles.   Thats a great picture book if you are a little teeny tiny Seedling.   

Another good one is “Tom’s Midnight Garden” by Phillipa Pearce.  Its a bit old fashioned but you’ll enjoy what happens when the clock strikes 13!  Then there is “Stig of the Dump” by Clive King and thats about a boy who finds a caveman living at the bottom of his grandparents garden in an ancient chalk pit.  ”Skellig” by David Almond is about a boy who finds a weird being, half man half bird living in an old garage at the bottom of the garden.  Its beautiful. 

Perhaps one of my favorites of all time is “Danny, Champion of the World” by Roald Dahl.  oh its such a cozy book.  Its not a book about gardening but it is about…..nope cannot tell you, you’ll just have to read it! 

But here is a book for those friends you have who think gardening is lame and nature sucks.  They laze around indoors playing on their game boys and such and don’t care much about anything.  For those friends, hand them “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.  Milo is just such a boy, he thinks everything is pointless……but he soon learns, along with his friend Tock, that nothing should ever, ever be taken for granted.

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