Pa Dug & Rosie in the Garden Series
By Dr. Niamh Clune
Illustrated by Marta Pelrine-Bacon
Published by Plum Tree Books 2013
Ages 3 and Up
I love the idea of this series! Not just because it is written by Dr. Niamh Clune, poet, author, and blogging friend of mine (visit her at Plum Tree Books HERE), but because the Pa Dug & Rosie In The Garden series talks about how everything serves a purpose in the garden. It teaches kids about how a garden works and that everything in nature is important. It is a great way to help young kids learn about the outdoors.
In book 1, (Rosie Wears Her Wellingtons) Rosie goes outside while wearing her red Wellington rubber boots. She first thinks she can’t go outside because it is raining, but her mom lets her as long as she wears her wellies. She learns that she can do anything outside in them. From jumping in puddles to digging in the garden with Pa Dug, planting seeds, Rosie does everything in her Wellingtons!
In book 2, (Wollee the Worm) Rosie is helping Pa Dug dig in the flower garden and she shovels out an earthworm (which she names Wollee). Rosie is taught how worms help bring food to the table by helping the soil and plants “breath.” In this story, Rosie learns the (very important) purpose of worms in the garden.
I love these books! I love how it teaches young kids in a fun way. The rhyme in the stories is also great! Another reason I love these books is the illustrations. They are striking! I like how there is only one or two things colored (in one color – ex: Rosie and her surroundings are black & white, while her Wellingtons are a nice shade of red) on each page.
This is a great series because it teaches kids about being outside. I think a lot of young kids, they just play videogames and know practically nothing about the outdoors. Some kids think that food just comes from a grocery store. They don’t know about gardens and farms. I am lucky because I am outside a lot, and I like being outside in the rain a lot. Because of that I also wear my dark green Wellington rubber boots. You CAN do anything in them (except for flying – trust me, it doesn’t work. I tried it. Superspeed and superstrength don’t work either. 😉 ). Josie, my little sister, loves bugs, worms, and spiders, so she read this book. Wollee the Worm is why she wants to have a Worm Garden. Our grandfather is helping her build it. Josie wants to have the worms for her garden and to go fishing with. She really enjoyed the Wollee the Worm book. 🙂 I think this series is for kids, their parents and grandparents! 😀
I give both books 5 out of 5 book worms!
You can get the Pa Dug & Rosie in the Garden series at the Plum Tree Books website.
The next book in the series is, Biddle the Bee!