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We Are the Gardeners

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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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Enjoyed this book. Kept me interested all the way through. Would recommend to a fellow reader.  Love the cover.
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This was very cute and obviously family-oriented.  This might be something to read with your kids as a nice bedtime story.
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** Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review **

<i> Unlike when we overwatered, zero plants die from us talking too much. </i>

uh oh, this is so cute i might wanna start gardening myself when i have the chance!! every step is easy to follow for dummies like me. i've lived in a household where gardening was a part of our everyday life so reading this book brought out bittersweet memories.

actual rating: 4.2/5 ⭐️
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Oh, the illustrations and beautiful life lessons in this book! This will be a favorite for years to come!
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I love this book and so does my child (5). It is a fun read and at the same time full of wise life lessons to be discussed. Definately a recommentation.
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Adorable book, written from the point of view of the kids. Teaches them persistence through having first a single plant and then growing a garden. Lovely illustrations show the family planning and then tending to their garden. Explains lots about plants and growing in a way that is easy for kids to understand.
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Sweet illustrations accompany educational text. A great read for the budding gardener in your family.
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I, like many people, love Joanna Gaines and the show Fixer Upper. My daughter, who is 6 is a huge fan of the show too and was excited when I told her I had this book to read to her. I love the illustrations and the story of the kids parking together to grow and care for plants and how it started with a fern and grew into the family building and caring for a garden together. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the ARC.
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This is not an especially artful picture book. The message is laid out there on the surface. And there aren't any characters in any meaningful way. The kids are there but they don't have personalities or even names. As a group they form a single entity. The narrative answers an unasked question: why do you garden.
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This children’s book is fantastic! The story, the lessons, the illustrations, all combine to make We Are the Gardeners a perfect gift for a special child in your life or even an adult! I gave my pregnant sister a copy for Mother’s Day, and she was blown away. Even my 60-something father read it and was delighted by how it teaches the reader solid gardening practices within a charming tale of family. Plus, if you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, and HGTV’s Fixer Upper, this book is another wonderful addition to their products!
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A simple story of a family learning to garden, interwoven with good life lessons about not giving up. The illustrations add a colorful whimsy to the book. If you're wanting to inspire your kids to garden, this book is a good read.
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Sweet book! Love the illustrations, and of course who doesn’t 💗 the Gaines family? Offers a novice look at gardening. 
Have purchased for our church library.
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This is a sweet little picture book about a family that falls in love with growing plants and eventually grows a successful garden, after some missteps.

The artwork is my favorite part of the book. The illustrations are lovely. The text is a little long to hold the attention of some children, and a little unnecessarily wordy. It's lacking in the really good story telling of great children's authors. The author is a famous reality TV personality, and I'm guessing the book deal was because of that following, though it is still a sweet story.

This would be a good bedtime story when you want it to run on a little ways and make kids sleepy or when it's nice to cuddle up and take some time to get through a book. It also has a nice lesson about persevering and offers some little gardening lessons (like if everybody waters a plant every day you'll accidentally kill it).

My rating system:
1 = disliked it
2 = it was okay
3 = liked it
4 = really liked it
5 = love it, plan to purchase or would buy it again if it was lost

I read a temporary digital ARC of the book for the purpose of review.
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