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Granny Pip Grows Fruit

Authored by Deborah Chancellor
Illustrated by Julia Groves
Published by Scallywag Press

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Granny Pip Grows Fruit is the fourth book in the Follow My Food series aimed at helping young readers to understand where their food comes from. Granny Pip’s granddaughter takes us on a seasonal journey, explaining the jobs that are undertaken in the garden throughout the year in order to grow the delicious fruit they eat. They work as a team to sweep autumn leaves, mulch, dig, plant, prune, weed, water and harvest. Finally, they enjoy eating the fruit and use the leftovers to make desserts and jam.

In this book, concepts are simply but effectively explained: ‘We dig up weeds, to give the tiny seedlings space to grow.’ Definitions of topic-specific vocabulary are provided through an interactive glossary: ‘When you prune a plant, you cut off unwanted branches so it grows better next year.’ The featured fruits are ones that are achievable to grow in a UK home or school garden. Pages at the end of the book focus on sustainability and offer suggestions of how we can help.

The bold, bright illustrations provide plenty of additional information. The same sections of Granny Pip’s garden are repeated across several double spreads, enabling the reader to appreciate seasonal changes in fruit trees and follow the strawberry seedlings as they grow, flower and produce fruit. Seasonal changes can also be spotted in the weather and the clothes that the characters wear. Animals commonly found in UK gardens (squirrels, painted lady butterflies and many birds) are included and children will enjoy spotting the robin on each page. The endpapers are a visual delight, displaying rows of juicy strawberries at the beginning and jars of home-made strawberry jam at the end.

After reading this book, children (and adults) may well feel inspired to get involved in growing and eating their own fruit, just like Granny Pip.

Granny Pip Grows Fruit would be an engaging non-fiction text to use in early years or Year 1 for science (seasonal changes and plants) or DT (understanding where food come from). It would also be an attractive and accessible text for a book corner or library.