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The Runaway Garden - the 2010 Michigan Reads! program

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The Runaway Garden

A little girl, angry with her grandfather for making her work in the garden, thinks about running away. That night on the porch swing he tells her a story of a night when the vegetables left their beds to roam far and wide. She is able to reflect quietly on responsibility and gain a greater appreciation of the garden and her grandfather.

The theme reflects First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative, Let's Move: America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids, to provide better food and more activity for America's kids. Learn more about healthy foods from the USDA's My Plate site for Preschoolers.

Jeffery Schatzer
Jeffery Schatzer,
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Jeffrey Ebbeler
Jeffrey Ebbeler,
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Programming Guide and Further Resources

Are you interested in more activities from the gardening theme of the book such as urban gardening or even just a few pots of tomato plants? Check out some of these resources:

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Updated 06/24/2014