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We are the gardeners / Joanna Gaines and kids ; illustrated by Julianna Swaney.
Publication Information:
Nashville, Tennessee : Tommy Nelson, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
A young family learns to grow a garden, describing how they prepared the soil, watered their plants, dealt with the animals who invaded their garden, and how all their hard work finally paid off as they harvested vegetables and flowers.
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In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they've gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn't always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family's story of becoming gardeners in Joanna's first children's book--starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family's love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

Julianna Swaney's illustrations bring the Gaines family garden to life with colorful, whimsical watercolors and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.

Author Notes

Joanna Gaines was born in 1978. She graduated of Baylor University and worked for a local tire shop. She and her husband Chip are the stars of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper and the co-authors, with Mark Dagostino, of the book, The Magnolia Story. In November 2018, she published her next book, Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Persistence and teamwork pay off in this picture book debut by the costar (with husband Chip Gaines) of HGTV's Fixer Upper, who recounts her family's gardening exploits. Relayed in the communal voice of four Gaines offspring, the narrative retains its chirpiness even when things go awry, as when the very first plant their father buys-a wispy fern-droops and dies, a victim of the kids' overzealous watering efforts ("death by overhydration"). In pastel-hued pictures, Swaney (Mermaid School) underscores the young gardeners' good intentions as they line up, each holding a watering can, to do their part, but they soon acknowledge that "by mistake, we loved that plant to death." A replacement fern sips from a teacup after library books teach the children that "most plants have good manners and like to sip, not gulp." The family eventually moves their garden outdoors, where their diligence yields bountiful vegetables and flowers, charmingly depicted in the art, despite occasional interference by villainous insects and "sneaky" animal trespassers. The arrival of a new baby boosts the feel-good quotient of this book about hard work and "everyday miracles," a surefire hit with the Gaines family's followers. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.