Welcome to the month-long blog tour for A Year in the Secret Garden , a fascinating companion to the classic fantasy story loved by children of many generations! Learn more about the book, check out what I think of it, and enter to win your choice of a $100 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash equivalent generously offered by the authors.
About the Book
Award-winning authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters have co-created A Year in the Secret Garden to introduce the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families. This guide uses over two hundred full color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book. Over 140 pages, with 200 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. The book aims to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room.
Before I even started to read this book, I was already impressed by its look and feel. It is beautifully printed on high quality glossy paper. While we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but admit it, a nice-looking book does increase your chance of picking it up. And in the case of A Year In The Secret Garden, the cover provides a fair representation of its intriguing contents. The book is filled with colorful drawings, tantalizing photos of recipes, detailed instructions for craft projects, fun games, and gardening activities, all of which are inspired by the original story of The Secret Garden.
The book is organized by calendar months. Each month features an analysis of one character from The Secret Garden, along with a guide for seasonal activities. The chapter for January, for instance, consisting of six sections: recipe for Parkin Cake (the northern English version of gingerbread), Wutherin' Wind Flags (crafts), Ice Disks (winter art/crafts), Yorkshire Phrasebook (Translation of words from the Yorkshire dialect into modern English), and Character Study: Dickon Sowerby. The recipe is very detailed and makes me want to try it during the holidays. The crafts are simple enough for younger readers to make with some help from their parents. The phrasebook and character study all help young readers to reach a better understanding of the novel.
In my opinion, A Year In The Secret Garden goes beyond being a reader's companion and stands alone as a fun-filled activity book for children aged 5+. You may follow the tour schedule at the end of this post for reviews of the other monthly themes, guest posts, author interviews and excerpts from this wonderful book.
About the Author
Valarie Budayr loves reading and bringing books alive. Her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com, inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure.
She is founder of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house, as well as an Amazon and iTunes best-selling author. She has written The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and encouraging families and schools to pull books off the shelves and stories off the pages.
About the Illustrator
Marilyn Scott-Waters loves making things out of paper. Her popular website, www.thetoymaker.com, receives 2,000 to 7,000 visitors each day, who have downloaded more than six million of her easy-to-make paper toys. Her goal is to help parents and children spend time together making things.
She is the creator of a paper toy craft book series The Toymaker’s Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling), and The Toymaker’s Workshop: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself (Sterling). She is also the co-creator with J. H. Everett of the middle grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories, (Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). Ms. Scott-Waters illustrated The Search For Vile Things (Scholastic), and created paper engineering for Pop & Sniff Fruit (Piggy Toes Press).
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A Year in the Secret Garden Blog Tour Schedule (2014)
Coffee Books & Art (Guest Post)
WS Momma Readers Nook (Book Review)
Cherry Mischievous (Excerpt)
Hope to Read (Excerpt)
Eloquent Articulation (Book Review)
Enter Here Canada (Excerpt)EXPLORING OCTOBER
Books, Babies and Bows (Book Review)
Monique's Musings (Book Review)
SOS-Supply (Book Review)EXPLORING NOVEMBER
Randomly Reading (Book Review)
Adalinc to Life (Book Review)EXPLORING DECEMBER
100 Pages a Day (Book Review)
Edventures With Kids (Book Review)EXPLORING JANUARY
Icefairy's Treasure Chest (Book Review)
Girl of 1000 Wonders (Book Review)EXPLORING FEBRUARY
Seraphina Reads (Guest Post)
Juggling Act Mama (Book Review)EXPLORING MARCH
Pragmatic Mom (Author/Illustrator Interview)
Purple Monster Coupons (Excerpt)
Stacking Books (Book Review)EXPLORING APRIL
Oh My Bookness (Book Review)
Crystal's Tiny Treasures (Book Review)EXPLORING MAY
The Blended Blog (Book Review)
All Done Monkey (Book Review)
Geo Librarian (Book Review)
Grandbooking (Author/Illustrator Interview)EXPLORING JUNE
My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews (Book Review)
Christy's Cozy Corners (Book Review)
My Life, Loves and Passions (Book Review)
Bookaholic Chick (Excerpt)
Hide-N-(Sensory)-Seeking (Book Review)EXPLORING JULY
Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)
Jane Ritz (Book Review)
Rockin' Book Reviews (Book Review)
I'd Rather Be Reading At The Beach (Book Review)EXPLORING AUGUST
Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)
Mommynificent (Book Review)
This Kid Reviews Books (Book Review)
Java John Z's (Author/Illustrator Interview)
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