Review: Landscape Architecture Magazine - August 4, 2011
While the primary audience for this book is school-teachers, landscape architects working on projects that will involve children will find solid information here. Coauthored by Karen Midden, ASLA, the book discusses the value of getting children interested in gardening, as well as the nitty gritty of choosing a site and type of garden, selecting plants, and maintaining the garden.
Review: Green Teacher - August 4, 2011
Hollyhocks and Honeybees is an excellent curriculum that will inspire even experience educators. It will motivate educators to develop fun, holistic learning experiences that encourage critical thinking, knowledge of ecological principles and a real connection to the Earth.
Review by: Liilan Katz, Professor Emerita - August 4, 2011
Hollyhocks and Honeybees fills a great big gap in the resources available for teachers of young children about how to involve them in one of life's most satisfying and enlightening endeavorsgardening. For readers coming to gardening for the first time, the authors hold their hands and guide them with understanding and insight. For experienced gardeners who have not yet shared this absorbing and instructive activity with young children, the authors provide details and clear suggestions based on their rich and extensive experience. A joy to read, this book deserves study by students in preparation as well as those of us with long experience of working with young children.
Review by: Ruth Lopez, Gardens for Growing People - August 4, 2011
Hollyhocks and Honeybees has a compelling section on the value of gardening in children's lives, and puts gardening within the grasp of every educator, whether they have gardening experience or not. The discussion on evaluating a garden activity for educational merits will be valuable to both educators and homeschoolers.
Review: National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. - August 4, 2011
Hollyhocks and Honeybees is dedicated and written for adults helping young children learn gardening through fun projects. Theme classroom gardens such as the Bird and Butterfly Garden, the Dinosaur Garden, the Kitchen Garden, the Sensory Garden and the North American Garden, plant selection and pest control (The Good Guys and The Bad Guys) help children learn and have fun gardening."
Review: Focal Point, Southern Illinois Univ at Carbondale - August 4, 2011
A guide to garden projects for young children, this book is based on the experiences of three SIUC staffers in designing, building, using, and maintaining a garden at SIUC's Child Development laboratory, a combination early childhood program and teacher-training facility. Written with teachers of preschoolers in mind, the book contains plenty of tips for any grown-up who wants to share a garden with a child. There are 'universal garden learning experiences' and even a itty-bitty cookbook with direction for such concoction as garlic bug spray, but also edible delights like purple pansy pumpernickel sandwiches.
Review: Young Children - August 4, 2011
Going beyond the traditions of planting seeds, the authors demonstrate how to involve children in long-term projects in gardening, based on their work in incorporating five difference small gardens into their school's playground. Highlighted by photographs, illustrations, and resource lists, Hollyhocks and Honeybees details the steps for growing gardens. The book links gardening to the social, communicative, and cognitive goals of a teacher's curriculum.
Review: Child Care Business magazine - August 4, 2011
Hollyhocks and Honeybees is the ultimate resource for child care centers.