Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From failed endeavors, obstacles (bunnies that eat everything!), and lessons learned, the Gaines family shares how they grew a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward.
This is definitely a must-read for all Joanna Gaines fans! It’s beautifully illustrated, told from the perspective of the Gaines children and is all about hard work, not giving up when the going gets tough… and of course gardening. All that being said, if I didn’t know that Joanna Gaines wrote it, and was examining it purely from an unbiased standpoint, it’s quite long and is all about gardening, so not really a page-turner or one I’d want to read again and again and again.
I’m a huge fan of gardening as a tool for teaching kids about the world and about hard work and perseverance, so I wanted to love this book. I did love the illustrations–they’re sweet and beautiful. However, it was just so wordy. It was way too wordy for my pre-schooler or toddler to enjoy, but I honestly don’t think that they would have been much more engaged in the story if they were older.
<p>Joanna Gaines is the co-founder of Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand that she started with her husband, Chip, in 2003. She is the bestselling author of <em>The Magnolia Story</em>, <em>Magnolia Table</em>, and <em>Homebody</em>, as well as editor-in-chief of <em>Magnolia Journal</em>, a lifestyle magazine offering inspiration for your life and home. The Gaineses, along with their five kids, live on a farm in Waco, Texas, where they enjoy caring for their bustling family garden.</p>