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Project Mortimer: Inspired by Karma Wilson

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 29, 2009

Hopefully you had the opportunity to read my review of Mortimer’s First Garden by Karma Wilson. Mortimer’s tale inspired me to do a little gardening with my 3-year-old — we planted some sunflower seeds.

Day One

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Photo Credit: Bianca Schulze


Two Months Later

At the time of my review, I included this excerpt from the book not realizing that these words would actually save our little sunflowers:

In the morning Mortimer woke up to…

pitter, patter, pat, pat.

“Rain!” groaned Mortimer. Out in his garden he found…

brown, soggy dirt.

Mortimer stomped his paw. “Nothing! I knew the miracle wouldn’t happen.”

“I’m going to dig my seed back up and eat it!” Mortimer said. But then he stopped. “Maybe some miracles need more time.”

He looked up at the sky, and down to his seed. “Please grow and turn green,” he said.

Well, almost two months had gone past and we had seen no sign of anything green. We told ourselves maybe some miracles need more time. But how much more time? The instructions said we would see seedlings in around 10 days. So … we dug our seeds back up. To our amazement our seedlings were growing, they were just growing in the wrong direction. They had turned themselves upside down. We gently straightened them, packed the soil back around them, and gave them plenty of water for a couple of days. Now they are healthy and growing UP!

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Photo Credit: Bianca Schulze

The Next Step

Now growing too tall for their little pot, we replanted our seedlings into the garden. We also gave them names: George and Martha. Grow George and Martha, grow! We promise to give you lots of water, and I know that you will see plenty of sun, so that you can blossom into beautiful bright-yellow flowers.

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Photo Credit: Bianca Schulze

We’ll let you know how they’re growing in a couple of months. What fun Spring books have you been reading? Did they inspire any fun activities?

The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is a resource devoted to children’s literacy. We publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. We also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians to grow readers. This article was written and provided by one of TCBR's regular contributors.

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