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Sunflower Houses: Inspiration From the Garden--A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups

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A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's recollect A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations (Victoria). Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. Throughout are the artist's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.


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A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's recollect A magical book of adventures and appreciations written and illustrated by the author of Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots this award-winning title was published by a small press in Colorado in 1991. The reviews say it all: A fetching primer on gardening for children. . . . Irresistible (The Smithsonian). What child, or indeed adult, would not be delighted? Lovejoy's recollections are wonderful, as are the illustrations (Victoria). Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. Throughout are the artist's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered.

30 review for Sunflower Houses: Inspiration From the Garden--A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups

  1. 4 out of 5

    April Hamilton

    This is a book of gardening projects intended to be fun for children. They seem like they might be, but you need a lot of gardening space, time and effort to bring most of them to fruition, so I wouldn't know if they actually *are* fun for children. Also, since children aren't generally known for their patience, growing anything from seed won't necessarily engage them right off the bat. Still, the author does a good job of highlighting plants that have fun features (i.e., edible, look like anima This is a book of gardening projects intended to be fun for children. They seem like they might be, but you need a lot of gardening space, time and effort to bring most of them to fruition, so I wouldn't know if they actually *are* fun for children. Also, since children aren't generally known for their patience, growing anything from seed won't necessarily engage them right off the bat. Still, the author does a good job of highlighting plants that have fun features (i.e., edible, look like animals or other creatures, spicy scents, etc.) and the book includes lots of mini-projects in addition to the big garden jobs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linnae

    A scrapbook of joyful gardening experiences. This is a grab-bag of gardening memories, favorite flowers, projects, and activities to do in the garden with children. Some of the chapters are more hands-on, and include instructions for making secret hideaways, wearable flower and leaf creations, and dolls and toys from garden materials. Others are more reminiscent in nature. As in some of her other books, she includes a list of plants for children, in a table format, with a brief summary of what in A scrapbook of joyful gardening experiences. This is a grab-bag of gardening memories, favorite flowers, projects, and activities to do in the garden with children. Some of the chapters are more hands-on, and include instructions for making secret hideaways, wearable flower and leaf creations, and dolls and toys from garden materials. Others are more reminiscent in nature. As in some of her other books, she includes a list of plants for children, in a table format, with a brief summary of what in particular makes each one child-friendly.  Tucked onto nearly every page are quotes, poems, and illustrations. Great to settle in with for an hour or two, or to dip into here and there. The projects in this one do not have the specific instructions like in Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots, but are presented more as general ideas with a few practical tips.   I blog at: www.ofbooksandblooms.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kirbie Parker

    What a charming, gem of a book! It is so easy to read, the imagery is beautiful, and the ideas are marvelous. Who would have thought so many "toys" could be made with flowers? Children today have so many toys and screens, it hurts to know they will not have the beautiful experiences and childhoods the people in this book have shared. I will try my best to create an environment that they will always remember, and this book will help me do just that. What a charming, gem of a book! It is so easy to read, the imagery is beautiful, and the ideas are marvelous. Who would have thought so many "toys" could be made with flowers? Children today have so many toys and screens, it hurts to know they will not have the beautiful experiences and childhoods the people in this book have shared. I will try my best to create an environment that they will always remember, and this book will help me do just that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I'd love to own this one. It's chock-full of lovely garden ideas. I'd love to own this one. It's chock-full of lovely garden ideas.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Charming book with garden ideas, history and old-time crafts and fun! from bean pole teepees, sunflower houses and an alphabet and rainbow garden. Lots of fun for kids!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tori Christensen

    I found this book in the children's section of the library when I was looking for some other books on gardening. It calls it a "Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups" but reading the book, it is clearly written to an adult audience. I read parts out loud to my four year old, but I'm learning that she will listen to pretty much everything. The voice and approach Lovejoy took in writing the book made me feel like the audience rather than a child. I did find inspiration in the book but its much a b I found this book in the children's section of the library when I was looking for some other books on gardening. It calls it a "Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups" but reading the book, it is clearly written to an adult audience. I read parts out loud to my four year old, but I'm learning that she will listen to pretty much everything. The voice and approach Lovejoy took in writing the book made me feel like the audience rather than a child. I did find inspiration in the book but its much a book about garden lore and memoir than inspiration. At times, I felt like it was a Pinterest board in print. A bit repetitive, but good for a scanning type read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    A lovely book with gardening ideas for kids (and kids at heart),peotry and wonderful illustrations. This is not your typical gardening book with facts and how to advice. It is a book full of stories about gardens and garden games and crafts, garden lores and history. Simple pleasures. There are pages about making all kinds of chains, poppy maidens and daisy grandmothers. There are ideas for butterfly gardens, sunflower houses and a teepee for runner beans and gourds. If you have kids or even if y A lovely book with gardening ideas for kids (and kids at heart),peotry and wonderful illustrations. This is not your typical gardening book with facts and how to advice. It is a book full of stories about gardens and garden games and crafts, garden lores and history. Simple pleasures. There are pages about making all kinds of chains, poppy maidens and daisy grandmothers. There are ideas for butterfly gardens, sunflower houses and a teepee for runner beans and gourds. If you have kids or even if you don't, you should check out this book. You'll be inspired with all kinds of gardening ideas.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    This little book was my constant companion the summer my daughter, Diva, was seven, and her brother five. It inspired our very own sunflower house, and as Diva and I discussed this evening, we had a picnic there under nodding sunflower heads and morning glory vines. If you have children and want them to know about gardening, you should not only read this book, but also do some of the sweet things it offers. You'll never regret it especially later when your 17-year-old daughter reflects on those g This little book was my constant companion the summer my daughter, Diva, was seven, and her brother five. It inspired our very own sunflower house, and as Diva and I discussed this evening, we had a picnic there under nodding sunflower heads and morning glory vines. If you have children and want them to know about gardening, you should not only read this book, but also do some of the sweet things it offers. You'll never regret it especially later when your 17-year-old daughter reflects on those golden days.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I consider this book not just a gardening book, but also a parenting and educational philosophy book because it gives adults and children a chance to "play" in the garden while creating magical living houses out of flowers. We used this book several years ago to build our first sunflower house. It has been a staple in our garden every year since, though last year it was destroyed by a late July hailstorm. Such are the vagaries of weather. We're going to try to expand our sunflower house this year I consider this book not just a gardening book, but also a parenting and educational philosophy book because it gives adults and children a chance to "play" in the garden while creating magical living houses out of flowers. We used this book several years ago to build our first sunflower house. It has been a staple in our garden every year since, though last year it was destroyed by a late July hailstorm. Such are the vagaries of weather. We're going to try to expand our sunflower house this year and incorporate the morning glory roof mentioned in this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine Whittington

    I read this book a long time ago, but thought of it again because I have been seeing so many beautiful sunflowers in photos and in our neighborhood. This book tells you not only how to grow them, but also how to turn them into structures. Realistically, if you live in a sunflower house, you will get bugs in your hair. But they are are good for the imagination.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    wonderful book with childhood snippets of what people learned from the garden- how to make a sunflower playhouse, have a faierie tea party using natural materials from the garden, make dolls from flowers, make a butterfly garden, rainbow garden, and flower garlands/crowns.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I love Lovejoy's gardening books. Such beautiful ideas and sentiments about family and growing together. I love Lovejoy's gardening books. Such beautiful ideas and sentiments about family and growing together.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    this is a very cute book and I like it as some light reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Love this book! I have gotten some wonderful ideas to use with my children. I love it so much that I even purchased a copy for my home library. Thank you to the author!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love this book! One of my all time favourites. The apple gazebo is still on my honey help me do list :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Such a cute and easy to read book on fun in the garden with children.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I loved this book and can't wait to make a sunflower house this Summer. I was able to check it out from our library, but I am wanting to buy it. I loved this book and can't wait to make a sunflower house this Summer. I was able to check it out from our library, but I am wanting to buy it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debra

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Rightmyer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maryanne Ross

  21. 5 out of 5

    heather

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  23. 5 out of 5

    JoLene

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alan Chalker

  25. 5 out of 5

    empressofeverything

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rose Ann

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nancy J Halter

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristyna

    Already love it . . . want to make a sunflower and morning glory house.

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