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Gardening

  When our kids first started gardening, they wanted to grow doughnuts and bluebirds. If only we could, I thought. Luckily there are many other possibilities for kids, parents, grandparents, teachers, and gardens.   My latest non-fiction book, How Carrots Won the Trojan War (Storey Publishing, 2011) is an award-winning science and history of garden vegetables. It’s […]

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Colors

  Color in wonderful stuff! See below for dozens of books, color science and math, color poetry, color projects, and more. Take the Stroop Test, learn about a lot of cross crayons, and find out why pink wasn’t always for girls. Color for Beginners ROY G BIV is the kicky little mnemonic that helps us […]

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Shakespeare

  If you’re a lover of language, there’s nothing that holds a candle to Shakespearean prose. (This is, after all, the man who gave us leapfrog, dead as a doornail, What’s done is done, To be or not to be, and A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!, to say nothing of the […]

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The Buzz on Bees

  Bees are incredible. They can count to three, tell a Picasso from a Monet, solve the Traveling Salesman Problem in the blink of an eye, and make honey – and they pollinate everything from apples, beets, and Brazil nuts to pumpkins, tangerines, and watermelons. And they just might be disappearing, which is something we […]

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Celebrating Carrots

  April 4th is International Carrot Day. February 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day. January is National Carrot Month. Summer is when carrots actually grow in the garden. And you can eat them, of course, all year round. In other words, almost every day is Carrot Day.     Listen to the National Carrot Day […]

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What Happens When: Studying the Seasons

  Sing a song of seasons! Phenology is the science of what happens when in nature – that is, when the crocuses sprout, when the robins arrive, when the strawberries ripen, when the geese go south, when the last leaf falls. All it takes to be a phenologist is a pencil and an interest in […]

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