by S.M.R. Saia
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Pub Date 22 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2023
First-grader Gertie Green has the spunk of Junie B. and the literal mind of Amelia Bedelia. This chapter book series for ages 6 to 9 sets funny stories, life lessons, and unexpected resolutions to the problems of growing up against a backdrop of gardening, healthy eating, and a very special grandparent-grandchild relationship. Each book features a different vegetable as a key part of the story and includes growing information for young gardeners.
When Grandma Trudy doesn’t volunteer to help in the school garden club, Gertie is the only one there who knows EVERYTHING about growing vegetables. She tries to help her friends, but soon they’re calling her a bossy know-it-all. Her best friend Janie says that sometimes you have to just wait and see how things are going to turn out. But how can something turn out all right if it starts out all wrong?
This is the third book in the Gertie in the Garden series.
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Average rating from 13 members
I really enjoyed this book! Gertie exemplifies her age group along with her relationship with her best friend. My niece and I had a great time reading this together and looking at the illustrations. She was able to easily sound out all the words and try out some of the harder ones. The illustrations were beautiful and helped keep the attention of my nine year old niece.
I really loved how there was information at the back of the book about lettuce and how to grow it! This helped spur another conversation with my niece about different types of lettuce and if we should grow it in our garden and how to grow it.
This is an incredibly creatively themed grouping of books and I love Gertie and her whole family. I am definitely going to be buying this for my niece!
I really loved this book and the MC Gertie!! She was hard not to love because let's face it, we can all be bossy every now and then. She is so relatable, even for the parent(s) reading the story with their child. I'm a big gardener so I loved the book's theme/subject. At the end of the book, I loved the discussion/learning opportunity for kids to learn to grow lettuce. It may just spark a child's interest to be a future gardener or help their parents with planting a garden to watch things grow!!
This is a cute book filled with lots of learning moments. Not only is the story packed full of information about lettuce and how to grow it, it also teaches young readers about how to get along with their peers.
Kids interested in gardening will love this book.
This book follows Gertie and her class as they plant lettuce and learn about different kinds of gardening.
Gertie loves being in charge and bossy, especially about a topic she knows about. This get her in a bit of trouble with her class. I loved her families’ involvement in the story.
The themes and lessons here are very relatable
Being a know it all
Keeping your hands to yourself
Trying new foods
Monsters aren’t real
ometimes it takes learning the hard way to make it stick. Gertie learned some valuable lessons about things that she thought she knew and lessons about relationships and working with others. A great book for parents and kids to work together these lessons.
A special thank you to Shelf Space Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
I wanted to review this children's book because healthy eating and gardening were to be discussed. As a nutrition professional, I wanted to critically analyze the content. The book is about a little girl named Gertie who is a bossy, know-it-all. There is strong character development, as she learns (the hard way) that she is being bossy and that she does not know everything. There were many learning moments such as learning how to get along with others and trying new foods. As a nutrition professional, we recommend that children are offered or try foods 8-10 times before they may start to like a new food. I liked how trying new foods was incorporated into the book. As for the illustrations, I really liked the cute black-and-white illustrations. I also enjoyed the planting guide at the end of the book, describing the steps to grow lettuce. This was a neat little addition and an actionable item for the child who reads the book (and helpful to the parent as well)! I can't wait to gift this book to my nephew when he gets a little older.
I love this series and how Gertie learns (therefore teaches readers) something new in each book, both about friendship, gardening, and her relationship with her family. Through chapters that are great for early readers, the author also tries to encourage children to try new vegetables, and we love the puns!
My children and I just planted our first garden so this was the perfect read. Gertie is a spunky little girl that knows a lot about an important topic, gardening and learns life lessons along the way. I’ll be reading more books by this author.
"Lettuce Help" by S.M.R. Sala is a charming children's book that seamlessly blends the themes of gardening and positive behavior. The story follows a young girl named Gertie who is planting a garden at school. Along the way, Gertie learns important lessons about kindness, patience, and responsibility.
One of the things I love about "Planting Seeds of Kindness" is how it uses the process of gardening to teach valuable life lessons. As Gertie tends to her plants, she learns the importance of being patient and taking care of something over time. She also learns the value of kindness and how it can make a real difference in the world.
The illustrations in the book are beautiful, bringing the story to life in a way that will captivate young readers. The text is also well-written and easy to understand, making it a great book for younger children.
Overall, I would highly recommend "Lettuce Help" to anyone looking for a fun and engaging children's book that teaches important lessons about behavior and gardening. It's a delightful read that both children and adults will enjoy.
What a funny, turny, and sweet this book!
I decided to read this one simply because i love lettuce and gardening thing! And i ended up liking this book as well as i expected!
It is very interesting to follow the dynamics of Gertie's daily life, especially when it comes to gardening.
I was also annoyed with Gertie's character at first, especially when she became a know-it-all! but in the end the character develops well and this makes me feel satisfying.
Thankyou fof allowing me to read this wonderfull book!
Thank you to the author, Shelf Space Books and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This children's book is a great introduction to gardening, while emphasizing friendship and family relationships. The chapters are short, the text is playful, and the illustrations got the conversation going with the kids I read this with. The puns were giggle-worthy and broadened everyone's vegetable horizons - highly recommend.
Gertie Green is so sad that her Grandmother isn’t going to be part of the garden club. Who will be in charge if not Grandma? Gertie decides to take charge, since Nobody Else knows how to garden!
Gertie was so cute and hilarious. I liked the silly, blunt writing style. The pencil drawings were a nice addition to the tale, I really liked it.
Overall, a nice cute book!
This book was so adorable, I loved everything about it, the illustrations were so well done, they suited the book perfectly, the story was amazing as well, even thought is very short I could really connect with the characters and feel theirs struggles.
I’m sure the kids are going to be just as enthralled with this amazing book as I was.
I will definitely recommend!
Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this early copy