Welcome to the first edition of The Wild West Gardeners Growing Smarts Series. The Wild West Gardeners love to grow. We grow a garden, as you well know, but we also grow smarts. If you don't see us digging in the garden, you'll probably find us digging into good books. We read as individuals and as a family every day. My hubby and I have read to our children since birth. When she was 4 years old, my firstborn daughter told me that she wanted to learn how to read. For Christmas, I got her the book Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons, just so I would have somewhere to start. She took the initiative to learn to read. When she wanted to, she would bring me that book and I would teach her a lesson. This happened maybe 3-4 times per week. We finished the book in 6 months time, and she has been reading ever since. Her sister followed in her footsteps, and we read every day as individuals and as a family.
One of our readers mentioned that our past post about creepy carrots reminded her of the children's book by the same title. I immediately wanted to get my hands on that book. You can imagine how thrilled I was to find it today on the shelves of our tiny town library. We brought it home, got comfy and cracked it open.
The Wild West Gardeners Growing Smarts Series Book Review
Title: Creepy Carrots
Author: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrator: Peter Brown
9-year-old Tame Dame #2 says,
"Creepy Carrots is about this bunny that loves eating carrots and he says that he can never have too many carrots. Anytime he goes somewhere, he takes carrots with him. But one day, the carrots decided to stop him by scaring him at night and following him around. Each time he thought he saw a creepy carrot following him, he yelled for his mom and dad. They came and looked around, but never saw any carrots. So, the bunny thought of a plan to stop the carrots by putting up a wall around the carrot patch and making a moat with alligators in it. The carrots cheered because they would never get crunched up again."Rating: 10 out of 10 carrots because it's a cute little book and I like it.
7-year-old Tame Dame #3 says,
"I like how he builds this wall and he's like, "They will never get past this wall!" And then the carrots are like, "Yes! Our plan worked!"Rating: 10 out 10 carrots because it's a very good and funny book.