First Garden

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First Garden

The White House Garden and How It Grew

By Robbin Gourley; Alice Waters (Foreword by)

Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780547482248, 36pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2011

The White House kitchen garden, part of Michelle Obama's campaign to encourage healthful eating, was established in 2009. This book tells the story of Mrs. Obama's garden, as well as the story of the White House grounds, the other gardens (including Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden in World War II) that came before, the White House children who have played there, and the teamwork, involving local children as well as the Obama family and White House staff, that led to the garden now flourishing on the South Lawn. This is a lighthearted, entertaining, and lavishly illustrated introduction to an inspiring and much-publicized project. "Includes recipes.

About the Author
Robbin Gourley is an artistand art director as well as an author and illustratorof cookbooks and picture books. She divides her time betweenrural Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York.

Janet Fletcher is a Bay Area-based cookbook author.

Praise For First Garden

"The foreword by Alice Waters, restaurateur and founder of the Edible Schoolyard program, may draw adults to the book, but Gourley’s clear, focused writing and lively illustrations will keep children engaged. A fine choice for introducing to children to the rewards of gardening at home or at school."—Booklist, starred review