"This beautiful and informative book fills a major gap in environmental writing for children. It covers a wide range of research, defining techinical terms gracefully and naturally as they arise. The overall tone--urgent wihtout being shrill, hopeful without being
complacent--strikes me as just right. I happily recommend it."
Robert Coontz, deputy news editor SCIENCE magazine
" This is a necessary book. It treats kids with respect--they
deserve to know what's going on. But they also deserve to know that there's much that can be done and much that is being done. In a word, It's empowering!"
Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
The New York Times
December 21, 2003
by ANNE RAVER
Lynne Cherry’s children’s books, which include “The Great Kapok Tree” and “A River Ran Wild”, are all rich with questions about the natural world. Her latest, “How Groundhog’s Garden Grew”, with its charming illustrations of Groundhog and his friend Squirrel, as they save seeds, sprout potatoes, thin cabbage and watch bees pollinate squash blossoms, has even this longtime gardener itching to start the spinach.
Groundhog also gets a lessonin letting the birds and insects eat the predators in his garden, rather than harming his friends with pesticides."
Rapid City Journal
“How Groundhog’s Garden Grew” is a beautiful and worthy book that parents of young children would enjoy reading to them often. This is a book that all who care about the Earth and re-connecting people to the Earth might memorize and quote. This is a book that every gardener will want to own because of the magnificent botanical illustrations and the passion of the tale.
And as delightful as the story of the animals in the garden is, this is a book that teaches values such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, caring, self-sufficiency, forgiveness, love and sharing.
I love this book and recommend it. Forget the fact that it is a children’s book. It addresses the human condition and deserves a place on every bookshelf.”
The Washington Post
“There is wry humor when children's book authors turn their attention to gardens and garden animals. Beatrix Potter, who loved animals, nevertheless recognized that Peter Rabbit was a pest that brought out the worst in the gardener. "How Groundhog's Garden Grew" by Lynne Cherry revolves around the premise that a squirrel teaches a groundhog to stop raiding other gardens and grow his own.
"Little Groundhog!" Squirrel scolded. "This food does not belong to you. If you take food that belongs to others, you will not have a friend in the world! Why don't you plant your own garden?"
"I'm sorry," Little Groundhog told her, embarrassed, "but I don't know how."
"Well, then," replied Squirrel, "I will show you."
“How Groundhog’s Garden Grew…describes the annual cycle of a garden in whimsical terms. For more information, see her web site at http://lynnecherry.com
The American Gardener (American Horticulture Society)
“Using some lovable animal characters, this simple and beautifully illustrated story introduces kids to lots of practical gardening skills and terms.” 1. Your child will learn how good food can taste-- and she or he will EAT vegetables—because fresh home-grown vegetables TASTE GOOD!
CLICK for links to April '04 issue of Journal of Pediatrics for articles on Environmentally Related Childhood Illnesses.
You Can Make a Difference in the World. You can help save rain forests or protect natural places in your own community. You can start recycling programs in your school, save energy and perhaps help stop continued climate change. There are so many things you can do to help make the world a better place.
In The News
Click here for Lynne's NEW YORK TIMES blog on dot.Earth
As a dot.Earth guest blogger, Lynne blogs about the psychology of teaching climate change,"motivated avoidance" and "self-efficacy"
Read about Lynne's Amherst, NY presentations in the "Re-Energize Buffalo" BLOG
See the full story here
Lynne spoke in Amherst, Ny about writing & illustrating children's books, about how writing letters can make a difference and about how easy it is to avoid disposables by carrying a spoon and tupperware bowl.
Lynne was the keynote speaker for SUNY New Paltz's Environment and Sustainability Day Saturday May 5, 2012. Click here to read the review!
How can communities begin to transform themselves from a fossil-fuel-dependent to a sustainable/ renewable town.
The Jane Goodall Institute's ROOTS & SHOOTS has featured Young Voices on Climate Change on their website. Take a look!
Click the links below to read or hear:
Cape and Islands Radio: On Mindy Todd's show THE POINT, Lynne discusses her essay for the National Geographic book Written in Water and her inspiring Young Voices on Climate Change short movies. April 2010
Lynne on NPR'S LIVING ON EARTH from May 29, 2009. Scroll down the page until you come to KIDS SPEAK OUT.
How to Teach Your Kids About Climate Change by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch from onEarth e-magazine
HeraldTribune.com article about the Young Voices on Climate Change short movies shown in at the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen.
Lynne discusses her Climate Book and her Film Series: Young Voices on Climate Change on NPR's THE POINT with Mindy Todd, Cape and Islands Radio July 27, 2009
WAMU radio interview: Lynne discusses her YOUNG VOICES ON CLIMATE CHANGE movie featuring kids who got a ban on plastic bags in Santa Monica in a WAMU Radio Interview
Click here to see the NSTA RECOMMENDS review of HOW WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OUR CHANGING CLIMATE: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch, NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK FROM Dawn Publications
CLICK HERE to read about Gary Braasch's photo exhibit at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC.
CLICK HERE to see Lynne Cherry featured on on the Nature Conservancy's Website for Earth Day 2006 "My Hope for the Future" with Jane Goodall, Jimmy Carter, Mark Plotkin, Bill McKibben, Tom Hanks and others!
CLICK HERE to see the Nov. 2006 Science & Children Magazine (NSTA) "Trade Books for Learning: An Author's View" p. 44 "Conservationist Lynne Cherry discusses her book The Sea, the Storm and the Mangrove Tangle and how teachers are using it in the classroo
Click Here to read article about Lynne Cherry's Artist-in-Residency at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the Cornell Chronicle
DO YOU NEED HELP CONVINCING OTHERS ABOUT THE MERITS OF SCHOOLYARD GARDENS? CLICK ON THIS "TOOL KIT" TO SEE CURRENT RESEARCH AND GREAT WEB LINKS ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF SCHOOL GARDENS ON CHILDREN'S LEARNING, BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING.
TEN WAYS THAT A GARDEN CAN CHANGE YOUR CHILD'S LIFE
1. Your child will learn how good food can taste-- and she or he will EAT vegetables—because fresh home-grown vegetables TASTE GOOD!
2. A child who gardens is less likely to be overweight and at risk for obesity and diabetes. Your child will get exercise and be more active. Pick-axing, digging, planting and weeding are great exercise!
3. Your child’s cancer risk will be reduced. (Many pesticides cause cancer.) You reduce your child’s exposure to pesticide residue by growing your own organic vegetables. And a child who eats fresh vegetables has more resistance to cancer; studies have shown that many fresh vegetables. notably broccoli and leafy greens, have anti-cancer properties.
4. A garden will connect your child to Nature. A garden teaches children where their food comes from and how it grows.Your child will become more appreciative of the food she or he eats by realizing how it grows."School Gardens Take the 'Yuk" Factor out of Vegetables."
5. Gardening together bonds families together and is a wonderful family activity. To quote Alice Waters, " From the garden, and the kitchen, and the table, you learn empathy–for each other and for all of creation"...
By preparing, cooking and eating wonderful, flavorful fresh food, together...by going around the dinner table and expressing gratitude, we learn about what it is to care.
6. Your child will learn how birds and beneficial insects help a garden grow by pollinating or by helping get rid of insect pests. She or he will learn how to create habitat for other living things because planting a vegetable or flower garden creates habitat. Children will watch in wonderment as pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies and bees and other wildlife come to live in your own back yard. Your child will learn empathy for other living things. Click for Junior Master Gardening Research Findings.
7. A child has more fun in a school that uses a school garden to help teach. Students discover complex interactions on their own through an inquiry-based curriculum. By teaching through firsthand outdoor experience, both children and teachers have more fun while learning.
8. Your child’s achievement will most likely increase when school garden is part of the curriculum.
Studies such as the *SEER report show that teaching using the outdoor environment has been linked to elevated standardized test scores. Children retain the information they are taught when it has relevance to the real world.
9. Your child may thrive in a setting providing more physical activity while learning. If your child has been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) he or she may thrive in a garden setting. Children learn in different ways and some have trouble sitting still and learning by only listening and seeing (visual or auditory ways). Some children learn better through activity and through touch or smell (sensory or olfactory channels).
10. A Child who knows how to grow food becomes more self-sufficient. If, in the next 80 years of your child’s life, if there were a disruption of the channels of food distribution, your child would know how to grow her/his own.