Science through stories: Eddie’s Garden

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By Sarah Stevensteacher and science coordinator

Inspire your budding gardeners to spring into action with these story-based science activities

Eddie's Garden

Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, ISBN 9781845070892) provides a detailed introduction for young readers to growing vegetables. It gives clear examples of how to grow plants, from seeds to a successful crop. With a clear focus upon QCA Unit 1B (Growing plants), it also leads nicely into 2B (Plants and animals in the local environment), as it features animals that feast on the crop. The book also encourages children to have a go at gardening themselves.


Eddie’s Garden revolves around a young boy who watches his mum gardening and wants a garden of his own. With his younger sister in tow, Eddie discovers what it is that really makes a garden blossom. He learns how to dig, water seeds and clear away pests. He is in awe of the results. The accurate illustrations cleverly provide the reader with clear steps in any growing process. The book also gives tips on how best to grow particular plants, so it doubles up as a great read as well as a practical guide for Key Stage 1.

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