In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby and Nicole Tadgell is a great picture book for any reader–young and old alike–who wants to know more about the brilliant George Washington Carver and how to be truly “green.”
Although this book is a work of historical fiction, the substance of the book is based on the actual life and teachings of Dr. Carver. He really did spend time traveling around the South teaching others how to “listen to the plants” and use the natural resources around them to live. He educated others on how to best grow things and how they could use nature to enrich their own lives.
Having a “green” lifestyle is not a new thing, and I think this book illustrates that for young readers.
For a more in-depth study of Dr. Carver and his work, pair this book with Tonya Bolden’s biography of George Washington Carver.
In the Garden with Dr. Carver is a nominee for the 2012-2013 South Carolina Picture Book Award.