Come Out to the Garden: Children’s Book Review

Our family loves reading time – I have to admit I think I love it sometimes even more then they do! I love to act out their books when I read aloud to them, make silly voices and spend quality time with my boys. Finding a children’s book that allows for this and teaching a lesson for them can be hard!
Come Out to the Garden written by Rick January is the story of Mary Louise, her Granny and her Granny’s vegetable garden. It is a beautiful sunny day, as Granny calls out to Mary Louise to “Come out to the garden” so that they can pick vegetables for a special lunch. Mary Louise convinces her Granny to pick the vegetables that sit closer in the shade so that they will not become too hot. They pick a feast of vegetables that they have as their lunch.
The story is written in a simple rhythm that flows perfectly – making it that much easier to read aloud to my boys. It teaches the importance of hard work, growing and sustaining our own food and the relationships between Grandparents and our children. I loved that it had our eldest son talking about our garden that we plan on building in the spring and what vegetables he would like to plant and grow. I love when a children’s book starts conversations with my children that are so important like healthy foods and learning to grow our own food. 
The relationships between Grandparents and Grandchildren is so important for children. It was great that in this story Granny was teaching Mary Louise all about the importance of growing our own garden and the nutritional value of vegetables. Grandparent’s have so much knowledge to give our children and it is important to foster this relationship.
Rating: 5/5
Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate the review. The opinions expressed are my own.


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20 thoughts on “Come Out to the Garden: Children’s Book Review
  1. G.S. Marjara

    Going to the garden just for fun or to collect veggies is still my favorite! I loved this blog that reminded my childhood when I use to the same.

  2. Joanna Sormunen

    I like the idea. The books about grannies and grandparents are always great, children love them. And adding contionousness about keeping a garden and taking care of it, is a very good thing.

  3. Curtis Giroux

    Gardening is really great, not many people take the time to maintain one nowadays; it's a good idea to show kids the importance of a garden. 🙂

  4. Megan

    We love to garden around here. My kids have a mini garden, where they can plant anything they want. Usually sunflowers, green beans, and corn=). Thanks for sharing this book!!

  5. Pauline Cabrera

    This reminds me of my childhood. Thats how my mom used to read a book for me. Lol. This looks like an interesting book Carla. Teaching younger ones to eat healthy foods is the way to go!

  6. Neva

    Gardening is a place where you're allowed to get dirty. My little grandkids loved planting set onions – just the right size for their little hands to plant.

  7. Mary

    Sounds like a great book. We homeschool and we love to teach about building relationships and sustainable living. I think this book would fit in perfectly in our household.

  8. Liliana Marsden

    Lovely post and a great help for me for forthcoming birthday. I love books that not only entertain but teach children the value of the simpler things in life. Love your blog