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Garden Science book

Although primarily targeted at 8-11 year olds, Garden Science has been designed to appeal to a wide readership.

The colourful, 52-page, 250mm x 176mm softback book is lavishly illustrated throughout with stunning imagery and easy-to-understand diagrams.

The book is not designed to be a practical guide to gardening. Rather, it looks at the science behind a garden… the interactions and creatures that live and work together to make a beautiful, healthy, thriving garden.

The book is designed to support the UK National Curriculum’s Key Stage 2 Science syllabus, including life processes, green plants, variation and classification, living things in the environment, the Earth and beyond, and ideas and evidence in science. See below for sample page spreads.

Garden Science is divided into 14 short chapters:

Dishing the dirt on soil
Soil composition, layers, types and organic

Compost is king!
What compost is, why it is important and how to make it

The great green plant factory
Photosynthesis, what healthy plants need to grow, plant parts, how plants drink, plants for food/medicine, plant types and meat-eating plants

Flower power
Plant structure and reproduction

Trees please
Tree structure, growth, types and why leaves change colour

Know your onions
How different vegetables grow

Bee a green gardener
Environmentally-friendly ideas for a better garden

Weather you like it or not
Weather forecasting, effects of hot/cold weather on plant growth, the seasons and global warming

Meet the good guys
Mini-beasts that can be good for the garden: earthworms, beetles, ladybirds, spiders, woodlice, centipedes and ants

Beat the bad guys
Garden pests: slugs and snails, aphids, caterpillars and earwigs

Magnificent flying machines
Pollinators: bees, butterflies and moths

Water world
Garden pond ecosystems, amphibians, insects and beetles

Dinosaurs in your garden?
Bird evolution and how to attract birds to your garden

Animal antics
Small creatures that live and work in your garden: shrews, voles, wood mice, brown rats, lizards, slow worms, grass snakes, foxes, grey squirrels, hedgehogs and bats

At the back, there is a glossary of scientific terms used in the book, as well as books for further reading and useful web links.

Sample page spreads

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