Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars

Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars

Grandma's Bag of Tricks

By Sharon Lovejoy; Miki Duisterhof (Photographer)

Workman Publishing, Paperback, 9780761150435, 205pp.

Publication Date: February 2010

Make leaf rubbings, learn the neighborhood bird songs together, turn an aquarium into a worm hotel, create a firefly lantern. There are garden projects, both for the outdoors grow a container snacking garden, a pumpkin patch in a pot and the indoors, i.e., how to use something called "indoor garbage gardens" to grow pineapple tops, sweet potato vines, peanuts, and more. Cooking projects, both in the sunshine baking in a solar oven and in the kitchen what child will ever forget the time the two of you made Potato Volcanoes with Lava? And lots of rainy-day activities for times when nature's in a cranky mood.
Created by Sharon Lovejoy a grandmother of four and the author of two classic books of garden activities for grown-ups and kids, "Sunflower Houses" and "Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots" "Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars" is an ecologically inspired guide that combines more than 130 green activities with timeless grandparenting advice. Illustrated with Lovejoy's distinctive, delicate watercolors, it's an inventive resource for grandmother and grandchild to connect with each other through nature. It is the book to make sure an afternoon, a day, or a weekend turns into a memory that lasts forever.

About the Author
Sharon Lovejoy, an author, illustrator, lecturer, and teacher, is the children's garden adviser to the American Horticultural Society, and has been a guest on "Today at NBC", "PBS's Victory Garden", and the Discovery Channel. She speaks at conferences and gardening organizations around the country. She has four grandchildren, and divides her time between San Luis Obispo, California, and South Bristol, Maine.

MIKI DUISTEFHOF is a New York-based photographer specializing in food and travel. Her photographs have appeared in Town & Country, Gourmet, House Beautiful, and Taste.