Hello party people, it’s Sarah!
Here is this month’s suggestion for Caldecott. If you are unfamiliar with the award it is given by the American Library Association to the illustrator that gave the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature. I love peanuts, peanut butter (with chocolate), and the many other products we derive from peanuts. I always knew that George Washington Carver was responsible for peanuts, but this story truly opened my eyes to it.
Title: The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver
Author: Gene Barretta
Illustrated: Frank Morrison
This picture book follows the life of George Washington Carver and his ultimate discovery of the wonder of peanuts. Despite being born into slavery, Carver was a stellar botanist who experimented and learned from plants. While the white world couldn’t believe that this man could have anything worthwhile to offer, Carve found a wealthy of uses for peanuts. His discovery was so important that even the United States Congress couldn’t ignore him. Even in a segregated America, he was able to present his peanut findings to the government. This man has truly shaped our history and deserves to be highly remembered.
I feel like I am transported straight into this world. Morrison uses perspective to his advantage and draws the reader directly into the story. We are eye level with Carver and can see exactly what he sees. We are surrounded by his secret garden and feel the inspiration of life and nature. The colors are realistic and I almost hear birds and crickets chirping in the background. This informational text will be a favorite for years to come.