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A Year in the Secret Garden

by Valarie Budayr

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The Secret Garden was one of my favorite books and movies when I was growing up and I would have loved to have this companion book to go along with it. Split into sections by month, each month includes outdoor activities, crafts, recipes and extra information about characters or themes from The Secret Garden that will help children connect with Mary, Colin and Dickon at Mistlethwaite manor.

Looking forward to December, a time of year that you would not usually think about being in the garden, there are plenty of activities to keep children busy. The customs, food, stories and activities of children in Victorian England at Christmastime are the focus of the chapter. A recipe for Yorkshire Pudding might be something new for kids to try, especially with the nick-name of Toad-in-a-Hole. Several craft ideas for winter bird feeders encourage kids to connect with winter animals and a short story of the Oak and Holley Kings will help explain the change of seasons.

Filled with plenty of activities, I loved the cut-out paper dolls and garden model as well as the nature game ideas such as the blindfolded walk. I'll also have to try the cute robin cakes and ladybug sandwiches.

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  Mishker | Nov 8, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193642617X, Paperback)

Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children's classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book.

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