The Runaway Garden - the 2010 Michigan Reads! program
A little girl, angry with her grandfather for making her work in the garden, thinks about running away. That night on the porch swing he tells her a story of a night when the vegetables left their beds to roam far and wide. She is able to reflect quietly on responsibility and gain a greater appreciation of the garden and her grandfather.
The theme reflects First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative, Let's Move: America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids, to provide better food and more activity for America's kids. Learn more about healthy foods from the USDA's My Plate site for Preschoolers.
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Programming Guide and Further Resources
- Michigan Reads! Programming Guide. A content-rich 60-page guide specific to The Runaway Garden for those who work with young children. Contains activities including songs and dances, information on literacy for birth through age 5, age-appropriate nutrition information to use with children, and additional resources.
- ChildFun... where play and learning go hand in hand
Are you interested in more activities from the gardening theme of the book such as urban gardening or even just a few pots of tomato plants? Check out some of these resources:
- American Community Gardening Association - Gardening with Children
- Urban Gardener Magazine
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