Behold Our Magical Garden: Poems Fresh from a School Garden

by Allan Wolf (Author) Daniel Duncan (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Witty and inspiring, Allan Wolf's upbeat poems are poised to cultivate a new crop of gardeners, aided by Daniel Duncan's bountiful illustrations.

In our garden, can you see?

A grand adventure? And it's free!

A green delicious fantasy?

Behold our magical garden.

There's a lot more to gardens than meets the eye! In this collection of buoyant poems filled with fun facts, young nature enthusiasts and budding gardeners are called on to help solve a mystery by the compost bin, join a Wild West-style standoff between some good bugs and a few bad ones, interview the sun to find out what happens when it drinks a glass of water, and learn the fancy names of plants to spice up dinner conversation. They'll be spurred to grab their own gardening tools, drop in some seeds, encounter a few insects, gather fresh vegetables, and find a whole lot of magic.

Allan Wolf's playful poems and Daniel Duncan's whimsically detailed, welcoming illustrations combine in a charming celebration of the many wonders and lessons to be learned from a school garden. For further inspiration, engaging notes on the poems and an author's note on jotting down observations can be found in the back matter.

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Review quotes

From the poetic mind of Allan Wolf comes a vast collection of poems fresh from the garden. Illustrated by Daniel Duncan, readers will go on a journey from germination to compost, learning along the way.
—Tiny Beans
Allan Wolf
Allan Wolf is the author of many award-winning books for children and teens, including The Day the Universe Exploded My Head and The Blood-Hungry Spleen and Other Poems About Our Parts. Before the publication of No Buddy Like a Book, Allan Wolf frequently recited the text of the poem for educators and students, to avid response. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Brianne Farley is the author-illustrator of Secret Tree Fort and Ike's Incredible Ink. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's, the New York Times, and elsewhere. Brianne Farley lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan.
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Guided Reading Level
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication date
March 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JNF042010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry | Humorous
JNF024010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Diet & Nutrition
JNF037030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Flowers & Plants
Library of Congress categories
Children's poetry, American

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