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A Breath of Fresh Air

A Celebration of School Gardening

by (author) Elise Houghton

foreword by Margaret Atwood

by (photographer) Robert Christie

Sumach Press, Three O'Clock Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2003
Environmental Conservation & Protection, Urban
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    Apr 2003
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A documentation of the exciting intitiatives that have been happening in the movement to green schoolyards, A Breath of Fresh Air is filled with luminous photographs of children and gardens, as well as the schools, communities, and teachers that nurture them.

Exploring the myriad benefits of school gardening, A Breath of Fresh Air details school garden projects across Toronto. In the course of acknowledging the effort and dedication that it takes for a community to transform a schoolyard from packed earth or asphalt to a living landscape, A Breath of Fresh Air discusses topics such as habitat rehabilitation, play gardens, and the need to reconnect children with nature. This beautifully designed book with stunning full-colour photography will inspire teachers and parents to look at and celebrate their schoolyards in a new light.

About the authors

Elise Houghton has worked with parents and educators to support the inclusion of ecological literacy as part of public education. She now works as an environmental education consultant and writer in Toronto.

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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than fifty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson. 

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