Nettles and Roses is first the English edition of an established series of books for children on organic gardening and cooking with garden produce. Written by Fernanda Botelho to get the next generation excited about knowing, using and growing plants, the book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful watercolour botanical paintings by Sara Simões, and is 36 pages in hardback format.
This picture book invites us to spend a day with four children at an organic farm. Sarah’s friends live in flats and are very surprised when they discover the wonder and magic of the plant world.
They learn about plant companions, plant families and their Latin names, and realize their resemblance to people.The four friends discover nettles and all their uses, learn how to make compost and the advantages of not applying chemical fertilizers. They discover the meaning of conservation and biodiversity, the uses of some medicinal plants, and the great importance of bees, butterflies, ladybirds and earthworms.
Before going home they delight themselves with a special picnic of local, homemade organic goodies, like elderflower juice, honeysuckle pancakes and a tasty salad with flowers.T hey promise to return in the autumn to learn more, and bring their parents to try Sarah’s mum delicious nettle soup.
Twelve pages of watercolour botanical illustrations are well worth the value of this story written with care, dedication, and botanical and herbal knowledge. The book is recommended for children from the age of seven, as well as adults of any age that are willing to go a bit deeper into the practice of an organic way of living.
Nettles and Roses includes six easy-to-make recipes using edible flowers as ingredients, an lists the properties and medicinal uses of severa lplants, the book features a helpful guide specially conceived for both parents and teachers.
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