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Children's Nonfiction Gardening

Potatoes on Rooftops

Farming in the City

by (author) Hadley Dyer

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2012
Category
Gardening
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554514250
    Publish Date
    Jul 2012
    List Price
    $24.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554514243
    Publish Date
    Jul 2012
    List Price
    $14.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554515028
    Publish Date
    Jul 2012
    List Price
    $14.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 5

Description

From high school students to high-rise dwellers, people—including Michelle Obama—are discovering innovative ways to grow fresh, healthy, and delicious fruit and vegetables at home, in community gardens, and at school. This brisk, informative overview explains how farming in the city is not only fun, but also important for the planet.

There are many ways to farm in the city: a Detroit high school program teaches students to grow food and raise chickens; in Tokyo, a bank vault was converted into an underground greenhouse; in Nairobi, local youth transformed part of a slum into a garden that helps feed their families. Read about modern inventions such as futuristic pod greenhouses, food-producing wall panels, and industrial-sized composters.

Short, kid-friendly descriptions and vibrant photos and illustrations keep the pace moving and the tone light. Toronto Public Health and FoodShare, two respected agencies, both have contributed to the book. Potatoes on Rooftops is the perfect book to get you thinking about how you, too, can grow food in the city.

About the author

HADLEY DYER was born in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia,and now lives in Toronto. She has been active in the children’s book scene formany years as a reviewer, publicist, editor and librarian for the CanadianChildren’s Book Centre. She is currently the children’s editor at JamesLorimer & Co., and writes for such magazines as Canadian Family, OWLand Toronto Life

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Editorial Reviews

“... this title is small but mighty. A lot of relevant topics are hit on in a simple but powerful way. Not to be missed or dismissed.”

School Library Journal, starred review

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