Introduce your little one to Bob and Ginger, two adorable guinea pigs who love the outdoors, fresh produce, and - most of all - gardening!
Bob and Ginger will show little ones how to grow fruit and vegetables in this sweet children’s book. It’s perfect for encouraging children aged 3-5 years to spend more time in the garden.
Visit Bob and Ginger in their beautiful garden filled with vibrant red strawberries, glossy green spinach, pretty purple aubergines, and more! From clearing the garden of weeds and planting seeds to learning how to make compost and finally harvesting their crops, kids will love following their green-fingered gardening adventures!
A rainbow of fruit and vegetables come to life through vibrant, distinctive illustrations. The sweet, simple text and exciting storyline ensure that young readers stay engaged. Packed with lots of opportunities for meaningful parent-child interaction, this delightful gardening book is perfect for growing little gardeners! Go on a Glorious Gardening Adventure
It takes more than just seeds and water to create and care for your very own garden! Kids will discover the ups and downs of gardening with Bob and Ginger. From battling slimy slugs munching on their vegetables to pesky pigeons diving for their strawberries, this animal picture book teaches children about the natural world.
This charming board book also features fun facts and tips about gardening, such as instructions on how to make compost, a calendar of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and how to protect strawberries from pigeons. It’s the ultimate gift for kids who love gardening and to encourage a love of nature.
February 9, 2021
Up to Kindergarten
is an Irish illustrator based in Dublin. She studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and qualified with a BA in Fine Art. She recently completed an MA in Children's Book Illustration at The Cambridge School of Art. Recently, Kate won third place in the Carmelite prize 2017 for illustrating a text by acclaimed author Rachel Bright.
"Blue-gray Bob and pumpkin-colored Ginger, both anthropomorphic gourd-shaped guinea pigs with thin-lined features, are best friends who adore working in their shared garden, each winter planning the following year’s yield. Come spring, the two weed the plot, augment the soil with their homemade compost (made from “fallen leaves, straw, vegetable scraps, and cut grass... as well as used cardboard and newspaper”), measure rows, and plant seeds. Predators, including slugs and pigeons, prove pesky, but the rodents prevail, harvesting their crops and making jam and pie with the bounty. Sheehy’s illustrations beguilingly recall vintage picture books in both style and color palette; occasional scrawled notations indicate supplemental facts (“Plants use light to make their own food”). The detailed narrative may lose the attention of casual readers, but those interested in horticulture will appreciate each detailed how-to. Endpapers include gardening tips and information on pollination and pollinators. Ages 3–5. (Feb.)" –Publishers Weekly
“Bob and Ginger are guinea pigs and expert gardeners who cheerfully provide advice as they face the unexpected in their own garden throughout the harvesting seasons. As guinea pigs, Bob and Ginger are properly motivated as herbivores to munch on garden fare and are not afraid of hard work. Sheehy illustrates the entire process of creating a garden, including how to mulch, compost, grid areas, irrigate, and harvest at different types of year. Once Bob and Ginger have their garden in place, it is clear that other obstacles await them. Weeds encroach on their produce, as do snails and pigeons, and the guinea pigs must solve these problems quickly. Using a warm, bright color palette, the digital artwork features double-page spread splash pages and smaller vignettes focused on specific tasks in clear detail. The text varies in size and boldness, which works in small doses for emphasis but at other times is distracting. End papers expound on gardening tips and pollination. VERDICT An enthusiastic offering, and additional purchase for libraries where gardening and outdoor picture books are in short supply.” –School Library Journal