Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

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This is a lovely introduction to the garden world above and below the soil throughout the year for young readers.  

A girl and her grandmother dig the soil and pull the weeds in preparation for spring. They watch a parade of caterpillars, snails, and frogs go by. Eventually, they plant seeds, watch them grow, and enjoy the harvest.  Below the soil, the pill bugs, ants, and other creatures scurry along and the roots of the growing plants drink in moisture.  Earthworms toil, only to be caught by the robin!  Award-winning illustrator Christopher Silas Neal shows the sunny garden on bright pages and beautifully depicts the underground world in dark tones. Paperback for ages 6 -9.