Sophie lives in the city, and her vegetables come from the supermarket. Then she goes to visit her grandparents in the countryside -- and soon discovers how much there is to learn about how things grow!
Sophie helps her grandfather through the different seasons, finding out about mulching onions, eating flowers, weeding, bees, making salad, catching beetles, digging, earthing up, picking and composting. When winter comes, Sophie has to go home -- but her grandfather has one last surprise for her.
This is a wonderful book for children to learn about allotment or vegetable gardening through Sophie's eager and questioning eyes. Gerda Muller's characterful illustrations accurately depict the garden and its plants through spring, summer, fall and winter.
– The Guardian
'If your children think they would like to have a vegetable garden this spring, How Does My Garden Grow?, written and illustrated by Gerda Muller, shows how gardening can be an adventure with feasts to behold as vegetables mature and reach edible size. The story is accompanied and bordered by all sorts of instructive, labeled drawings and lists of all things gardening, very entertaining and informative.'
– Vermont Country Sampler
'This warm story of a child's summer at her grandparents' French country farm lovingly describes basic gardening techniques. As Sophie and Granddad John work together, city girl Sophie learns how to prepare a plot and then plants seeds, waters them, and watches the seedlings grow into productive plants... Fresh colours abound in the illustrations of Sophie, her grandparents, and her new friends. Creatures important to gardeners – birds, butterflies, bees, rabbits, bats, moles, worms, slugs, snails, and grubs – are beautifully pictured, as are the vegetables harvested throughout the summer... [a] combination of engaging story and gardening information will delight and teach readers.'
– School Library Journal
'A bright book to teach children where our food comes from.'
– Juno Magazine
'The illustrations of vegetables are easy to recognise and name – and the recipes simple and look delicious!'
– Kindling Magazine