Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
Up We Grow! is an informative and inspiring book highlighting the importance of small, local farms.
Heartwarming photos invite children into the world of a small, co-operative farm over four seasons. Readers will get to know the hardworking farmers who plow, plant, compost, mulch, harvest and market fruits and vegetables, and care for animals.
Rarely has the important work of a farm been so lovingly presented in photos and text. The book focuses on production as well as the human interaction that makes up small-scale, local farm culture.
Children will discover people of all ages and abilities working together to grow and share food, while protecting and respecting the land and animals we depend upon for our sustenance.
About the authors
Deborah Hodge is the author of more than twenty-five books for children. She specializes in writing engaging non-fiction for young readers and loves the challenge of using few words to explain big thoughts. Many of Deborah’s books have received awards and have been published internationally. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborah lives in Vancouver.
Brian Harris is an award-winning photographer with many years of experience in photography and project management for not-for-profit organizations such as FarmFolk/CityFolk. His photographs appear in Up We Grow! He is a proponent of sustainable living and makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize, BC Book Prizes
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
- Short-listed, Information Book Award, Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada
Filled with sensory descriptions, the rhythmic text gives a strong sense of life on the farm and in the field, and direct questions create interactive opportunities for adults and kids to talk about each scene together.—Booklist
Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small, Local FarmHeartwarming photographs invite children into the world of a small cooperative farm over four seasons. Readers will get to know the hardworking farmers who plow, plant, compost, mulch, harvest and market fruits and vegetables. They’ll see chickens and goats wandering freely over the farm, learn how farmers feed the soil and discover why bees are farmers’ friends. This informative book explains to children the importance of small local farms.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.
Other titles by Deborah Hodge
West Coast Wild ABC
West Coast Wild at Low Tide
West Coast Wild Babies
Cooking with Bear
A Story and Recipes from the Forest
Bear’s Winter Party
West Coast Wild
A Nature Alphabet
Rescuing the Children
The Story of the Kindertransport
Watch Me Grow!
A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City