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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrated by Eric Shabazz Larkin
Readers to Eaters, 2013. SBN-13/EAN: 978-0983661535; $17.95
ISBN-10: 0983661537


Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

    Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table - named to the School Library Journal's Best Books 2013 Nonfiction
    and the 2014 ALA Notable Children's Book

    From the Wisconsin Center for the Book

    The Wisconsin Center for the Book is proud to announce its selection of Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Eric Larkin, as the State of Wisconsin's choice for the National Book Festival to be held in Washington, D.C. in late August (2014). It will be prominently featured among many other books with Wisconsin connections in the exhibit of the Wisconsin Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. It is an inspiring illustrated book for children about Will Allen, an incredibly resourceful urban gardener in Milwaukee.

    From the publisher:

Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage, or a basketball, in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can't see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. No space, no problem. Poor soil, there's a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one. Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott winner, Snowflake Bentley, tells the inspiring story of an innovator, educator, and community builder. Combined with artist Eric Larkin's striking artwork, readers will share Will Allen's optimism and determination to bring good food to every table.

Read FAQs about the book on Jackie's blog. How did the story idea begin? What is the book about? What do red wiggler worms have to do with the story?

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Find out more about the book on the publisher's website at http://www.readerstoeaters.com/books/will-allen-and-the-growing-table/.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table was named to the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award List!

Check out the June 2014 issue of School Library Journal on "Eat, Play, Learn: Food-Related Materials to Sink Your Teeth Into" by Paula Wiley (June 18, 2014)

The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California named Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table among its "2013 Distinguished Books."


Curriculum Connections:


  • Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table is a picture book biography. Locate other titles that are biographies about a person who has a passion.
  • Read other books about gardens and gardening, here are a few to get you started.
    • White House Kitchen Garden and How It Grew by Robbin Gourley
    • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Kathryn Hewitt (Voyager, 2000)
    • City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan (HarperCollins, 1994)

Reviews/Comments:


Find out more about the book on the publisher's website at http://www.readerstoeaters.com/books/will-allen-and-the-growing-table/

Included in the list for Food Tank "15 Books for Future Foodies."

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Farmer Will Allen, a former basketball star, sees an opportunity to turn an  abandoned city lot into a table big enough to feed the whole world. Through hard work and creativity, he transforms a barren urban space with poor soil into a flourishing source of nutrition for the community.

Named to School Library Journal's Best Books 2013 Nonfiction --

MARTIN, Jacqueline Briggs. Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. illus. by Eric-Shabazz Larkin. Readers to Eaters. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780983661535. LC 2013937817.

Gr 3-6 -- "Martin introduces readers to former basketball player turned urban farmer Will Allen, who teaches children about composting, container gardens, and "growing power." Larkin's thickly textured illustrations complement the energetic and upbeat verse. A timely topic for eco-minded youngsters and future agriculturalists. (Dec.) The entire list is available on the WEB.

Reviews:

New York Public Library coverElizabeth Bird writes a blog for SLJ called Fuse 8 - this is her entry about Will Allen and the Growing Table. She says it all. and...
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Tree named to the New York Public Library has selected the book among its 2013 100 Books for Reading & Sharing. Download a copy of the list here.

"This picture book biography is a visual feast that invites everyone to its community table.  Librarians and teachers in Wisconsin should be particularly interested in adding this to their collection, but it will hold interest in urban and farming areas across the country." ~ Children's librarian Tasha Saecker. Read the entire review.

"Readers to Eaters' new book, Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table, shows how a one man â€" a big, passionate, and determined man â€" started his own good food revolution when he took an empty city lot and turned it into an urban farm. Told in a language that middle-schoolers will appreciate..." ~ Good Food World 12/6/13. Read the entire review.

star"Martin's spare, purposeful language covers a great deal of territory, and a large time frame, .... The illustrations represent diverse individuals working together and enjoying the bounty of their labor. An amiable note from Will Allen concludes, as well as a list of resources to help kids start their own gardens. Starred Review. ~ Booklist

A book review from members of the International Reading Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/R SIG).
"An inspiring non-fiction picturebook from the author of Snowflake Bentley, this book moves fresh produce from the farm to the city and then straight into the home or classroom." ~ Reading Online. Check out the full review.

"Martin's verse text, laced with word bursts in ebullient display type, engages both readers and listeners. In his picture-book debut, Larkin provides mixed-media cityscapes that, eventually, brim with the fruits of Allen's labor and match Will's exuberance and spirit of community.
From the small press Readers To Eaters, this worthy collaboration reveals how one man's vision of food for all has inspired an amazing life of service."
~ Kirkus Reviews

"Rating: Outstanding. Will Allen deserves this compelling biography so aptly rendered by author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator Eric-Shabazz Larkin's ink and pen artistry .... Readers To Eaters Books has another winning title on their hands." Read the entire review ~ Bayviews, Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California

"An inspiring non-fiction picturebook..." ~ Reading Today, International Reading Association

""It's a different Allen we meet in richly illustrated Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table.... Jacqueline Briggs Martin gives kids a role model who turns an abandoned lot into greenhouses and a cabbage into a garden that feeds a community." ~ Milwaukee Magazine

"The text is clear, concise, informative and lively. The illustrations expand upon the text and just naturally seem to draw in the reader… It is ideal for the emerging reader, the older reluctant reader, and also for a middle school or high school classroom or community group discussion of urban farming, community cooperation, and role models…Both text and illustrations encourage discussion. Every time I open this book, I see and read more and more." ~ Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

"Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table beautifully captures his ambitious belief in growing the next generation of alternative farmers, good eaters, and community self-reliance. This book is an ideal companion for school garden educators ...." ~ Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA

"Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table is an inspirational story that highlights the importance of healthy, homegrown food and the importance of civic engagement...." ~ Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee

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