Every morning Bud is nourished by the Sun’s warming rays. It’s as though her leaves stretch out to the warmth. She’s snug in her little pot in the greenhouse amongst familiar friends like Buzz, and the tiny seeds and sprouting herbs.

However, when she’s plucked and planted into the cold ground, she must fend off hungry insects and the loneliness she feels. It’s cold and dark and threatening. She must weather footballs and hungry birds and then the big outside. However might there come a time that after the scary crashing storms, her roots feel stronger? In fact, could she find herself with a proud stem? Then again, is it possible that she has new friends amongst her? That she’s grown into her environment?

Bookwagon loves Bud, a wonderful picture book story that personifies the growing process. We recommend Bud highly, especially for sharing with younger gardeners.

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The story of how a plant grows up

Laura Hambleton


At the end of a long, winding path at the bottom of a leafy, green garden sits a greenhouse. In this greenhouse live…’ It seems that Laura Hambleton leads us to a discovery of a sanctuary, including tiny seeds and scuttling insects, and Bud with constant companion, Buzz
Thereafter, we watch as the sun’s rising and warming of ‘Bud’s leaves‘. This means they ‘stretch out’ to be nourished. Then again, over time, Bud’s ready to ‘pop‘ out and be planted ‘between ‘spiky nettles‘ where her roots can reach down. Furthermore, there is other life here, from other plants to slugs and worms. In fact, we understand how daunting this change must be to the little plant. Just imagine the ‘big outside’, so ‘cold , new and scary‘.
In fact might all the newness leave her missing her greenhouse security? Or could it be that each new day brings something curious and different and encouraging? Furthermore might her roots be growing bigger, stronger and more widely? Then again, where is her stalk heading, her leaves reaching?
Bookwagon loves the organisation, sequencing and personification of Bud. In fact, this, like What the Worm Saw offers a recommended reading support to exploring the wonder of the garden.


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