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We Are the Gardeners

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This book was super cute. It is a good book to get kids motivated to get outside. To plan, plant and take care of their own garden. The pictures were very well done and perfect for kids of all ages.
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Another adorable book. I think this book would appeal to a larger audience than a young family. I am an avid gardener who would like to inspire my family to garden but it can be a difficult task to juggle in addition to all the other things we need to do in life. Joanna Gaines is an inspiration to me as she promotes and embraces  a healthy lifestyle. The colors in this book are very happy and soothing. I believe the story would be enjoyed by my grandchildren age 3-5. Thank you.
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From the opening page, "A garden is hard work, but so is most of the good, important stuff in life." What a great way to introduce this book--instructing children that doing hard things will be worth the effort. There are many other similarly wise sentiments sprinkled throughout the book. (Product suggestion: offering prints with an illustration by Swaney with quotes from the book.) 

Given the Gaines' popularity in the home improvement world, one might assume they were born with green thumbs as well. Not so. This story (told from their children's perspective) shares their journey from the first gardening failure to eventual success. I loved the portrayal of a family working together planning the garden, sharing responsibility for its care and enjoying the fruits of their labors.

The book is also a wonderful nature primer covering a variety of topics in an engaging way: discussing the essential things a plant needs, choosing plants with pollination in mind, learning about insects that help (and harm) a garden, managing weeds, and protecting the garden from animal invaders.  

I have to say that I was blown away by the beauty of Juliana Swaney's illustrations. Her vibrant, whimsical illustrations absolutely shine throughout this book!  If you want to see more of her amazing artwork, check out her website. You can also follow her on Instagram.

I highly recommend this book for every home, school, and public library.  I hope the Gaines children will help collaborate on many future books!

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of We Are the Gardeners from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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Review Title: Joy of Family Gardening (review of We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines and Kids)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars

This beautifully illustrated and delightfully told story of a family going through the ups and downs of learning to garden will inspire people of all ages to engage with plants. The family starts small scale with a potted fern from which they learn through failure to keep going on toward success by never giving up. Many life lessons are embedded in the story as the family pursues a beautiful and fruitful garden.

Most people are familiar with the Gaines family from their Fixer Upper show. This book will be successful based on that platform alone, but the book has so much more to offer than just pure celebrity appeal. With my background as a homeschool and church preschool teacher, I can envision using this book as a starting point for many learning projects that expand upon the book contents, in both the physical and spiritual realms. Life lessons abound within the story put to words. The illustrations help with teaching preschoolers the names of veggies and flowers, colors, quantities, and a variety of ways the young can help in the garden.

Children who are readers can enjoy the book at their learning level as they plan and anticipate good results from their efforts through multiple step processes. They will be thrilled with their own successfully planned and nurtured garden.

I think the book could even be used in a nursing home/assisted living setting where there is a community garden in which family members help loved ones participate in growing flowers.

I received a free ebook copy through NetGalley in exchange for reading and posting a review of the book. I am under no obligation to give a good review. I have since purchased a hard copy of this beautiful book for a friend. I think people at all levels and stages will benefit from this book's informative content and life lessons.
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We Are the Gardeners is another extension of the Joanna Gaines empire! I think the writing is a little bit too sophisticated for a lot of younger kids but I loved the message. Gardens are miracles and it takes a lot of hard work to make something fruitful and beautiful. Also, even if there are obstacles along the way, you should not give up! The illustrations are SO beautiful! I loved all the pages. 

Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Such a charming book! Lovely in images, and so warm and approachable in story. It's nice to have expectations surpassed. We know that Chip and Joanna excel in so many of their endeavors, and if anyone was cynical about them branching into children's books, they'll quickly find that the Gaines family is very, very gifted. I loved this book and am happy to have something so positive pop into my life. A lovely book that you'll read on your own as well as (multiple times) to the kids.
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A children’s book about gardens, written by Joanna Gaines, with gorgeous artwork? Yes, please! I don’t know why it took so long for me to get to this one when I was so excited to get it, but I am ecstatic that I finally carved out time for it. So. Worth. It.

Did I mention the artwork is gorgeous? Yeah. Seriously, so lovely. Fresh and sweet and pretty. 100% perfectly suited to the subject AND author of this book. Speaking of which, the subject matter is fabulous. I love when I have time to manage a garden, and Joanna Gaines does a stunning job of explaining the wonder and magic of growing things, and actively participating and understanding nature. She also uses the difficulties of maintaining a garden (pests, critters, not understanding what a plant needs) to show that learning from challenges helps us grow, so we should embrace them and try again, using what we’ve learned.

An absolute must read. I have every intention of buying a copy for myself (oh, and my kids). You should, too!
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This book is perfect for kids, families, and gardeners alike!  I love how it teaches the lessons of perseverance, hard work, and dedication through a lovely illustrated and family-based story.  This book is perfect to read to kids, especially if you have your own garden or want to teach important skills and mindsets!
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A sweet book, with lyrical descriptions of a family gardening and the lessons they learn.  This would make a good read-aloud.  I'm not sure it will have as much appeal in global school settings, where there isn't the name recognition of the Gaines family.
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What a beautiful book! We Are Gardeners tells the story of children who desire nothing more than to grow a household garden. But guess what? It doesn't work at first. I loved how the story moved through different failures and successes and they journeyed through being gardeners. They start small and grow as they are ready. I loved the family togetherness and everything about this book.
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Overall, this is a very cute story for children. I really liekd how they didn't give up just beacuase things didn't originally go how they had planned. The illustrations where also great and gave it a whimsical feel. I will be purchasing a copy for our library collection.
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This is a sweet children’s story to inform and inspire regarding gardening. My kids enjoyed reading It around the time we set up our garden this spring. And it’s not surprising that a product of Joanna Gaines and Co. is beautiful and classic. This book would make a cute gift along with some child-sized gardening tools and a few packages of seeds.
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n Joanna Gaines' first children's book, We Are the Gardeners, the reader is introduced to the trials and triumphs of a family garden.  From the first little fern that Chip gifted to his wife, to the full outdoor garden that it inspired, the Gaines family learns a number of lessons, both in gardening and in overcoming obstacles.  This book is a sweet story about a gardening, working together as a family, and never letting failures define the journey.  Whether you're looking to encourage a young gardener or just looking to help your children pick up from a set back, We Are the Gardeners would make a wonderful read.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.
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"We are the Gardeners" by Joanna Gaines and kids is a lovely children's book about gardening and growing plants from seeds into a beautiful array of life to be enjoyed. The book includes many lessons about gardening, such as making the conditions just right with the water and sunlight provided to grow things.

Other lessons include the need to protect your garden so that it is not ruined by invaders. Your garden has both good guys like ladybugs and worms that keep your garden healthy and bad guys like aphids and rabbits that could threaten all the work you've put in to make your garden.

There are new applicable life lessons on every page to teach kids about gardening and life. The illustrations are beautiful and the message is inspiring!

I received this eBook free of charge from Thomas Nelson: Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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Un libro maravilloso para leer con los niños. Es un libro para que la familia comparta. Las ilustraciones son hermosas. Es un libro muy cálido, que transmite amor, y también tiene un costado muy practico, ya que brinda consejos dados desde la experiencia, sobre cómo comenzar a plantar, los obstáculos a vencer, etc. Es por eso, que es un libro para leer con los niños, ya que tiene bastante información, y los niños no la aprovecharían al 100%. Pero me parece hermoso, para leer con ellos, y poder compartir el proyecto de una huerta. ** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review **
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We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines is a cute little book about the joys of gardening. It also teaches children not to give up when little setbacks happen but to persevere and push through until they succeed. The illustrations are very cute and the writing is easy to understand. I really enjoyed this book.
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Adorable children's book with life lessons not just about gardening and growing things, but also about not giving up. This book was able to weave in reminders for children that sometimes hard things take time and work; you may fail at first, but you have to try again. The illustrations are simple, but beautiful It's very informative, but doesn't come off as a textbook so your kids won't lose interest. I actually learned a few things that I did not know regarding gardening and animals/insects! This would be a great addition to every child's book shelf.
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A gentle, beautifully illustrated book about a family who discover plants and learn how to garden together. It has a nice message not to give up - and encouragement to talk to our potted green friends!
'Unlike when we overwatered, zero plants died from us talking too much'
This would be a a nice thing to read with your kids who either already enthusiastic about growing or if you want to explain the basic ideas of gardening to them.  
It's a bit twee - a white middle class family with 5 kids living in the country with a big garden isn't my version of realistic, or diverse. And only the mom sets the table & plans recipes? Gardening is so egalitarian, it's a shame that isn't reflected here.
The sentiment and the illustrations are both lovely, but I wouldn't rush to buy or re-read this.
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What a lovely book. The Gaineses don’t do anything half way. They are people of grace and great character and it shows in this endeavor. You can tell the words and illustrations were crafted and created with care and intention.  The illustrations are whimsical and soft and lovely. There is a theme of perseverance and learning from mistakes woven throughout. There is a celebration of small beginnings and knowing where you came from and seeing how far you’ve come. When disappointments are faced (your plant dies or the animals devour what you’ve worked so hard to grow), you take what you’ve learned and continue on all the wiser. 

When I got to the part about the importance of weeding, I immediately added that to my to do list. I’ve let mine take too much ground. The weeds here in Minnesota are no joke!

This would be a lovely gift book or a great book to add to your own family library.
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I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  			
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.			


In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavours, 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 colourful, whimsical watercolours and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.

I love this book --- I am VERY ANTI-SCREEN especially when it comes to summer vacation so this book will delight your kids and give them ideas and tips on how to grow a garden. They say that kids are more likely to eat food that they had a part in growing or choosing and I liked that it covered things that didn't work out. It is a cute little book that I had already bought but was delighted to see it after the fact on Netgalley. and yes, it is THAT Joanna Gaines of Magnolia fame. (I love her!) 

My personal tip is "grown 1/4 the Swiss Chard that you think you need" as one summer we ate that at every meal possible as it literally grew like a weed and choked the garden! If you think zucchini is bad - swiss chard is worse --- luckily, there are deer nearby that live in a cemetery that appreciated the truckload we had left over!
As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🍓🍆🥒🍄🍅
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