post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Jeremy’s Garden
Author: Valerie Miller
Major Themes: Easy Readers, Gardens
Synopsis: As Jeremy helps his mother with the garden, he is inspired to plant his own garden.
My 5-year-old is determined to choose, by himself, the books he wants me to read aloud to him. During the time of our recent move to a new home, however, almost all of our books were packed, so he didn’t have much of anything to choose from—I told him I was going to read Jeremy’s Garden. Of course, he ended up liking it as soon as I started reading to him!
This is a lovely little chapter book about a 7-year-old boy helping his mother plant the garden. As he helped her, he had an idea—could he have his own garden? His mother let him have a small plot, and gave him seeds to plant. Soon, he had his own spinach, carrots, peas, onions, beets, broccoli, cabbage and lettuce growing. Then, his father made him his own little hoe, and when the weather grew warmer, he planted more plants, the kind that like hot weather. As the summer went on, Jeremy learned to enjoy eating more vegetables as he harvested and prepared his own. He also learned to share and to thank God for the food from the garden.
This simple story is illustrated with lovely, realistic line drawings. It is a great story to read with any child, especially one who is able to help with a garden. This story will inspire children to try their hand at gardening, and it will give glory to God.