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Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids
Local Couple Sows Seeds of Gardening and Healthy Eating for Kids

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- With childhood obesity rates on the rise and consumers becoming more disconnected from where their food originates from, the outlook is bleak for a healthy and self-sustaining next generation. A ray of hope shines through with a charming new book teaching children that gardening, eating healthy, and spending quality time with family are not only good for you, but also enjoyable!

From the beginning of time, parents have passed down knowledge to children about how to prepare, plant, pick, preserve, and cook their own food. Unfortunately, that lineage has waned significantly. With the popularity of fast food restaurants, microwave dinners, and processed foods, our kids' waistlines have increased and healthy diet education has gone down.

Healthy homegrown produce, outside activities, and knowledge about tending to plants are among the benefits of teaching kids to garden. Come Out to the Garden is an entertaining learning tool introducing children to the joys, rewards, and responsibilities of gardening and spending time with loved ones. Author Rick January created the story in a rhyme that playfully weaves the reader through the lessons of hard work and rewards of growing your own food, and Stella January brought the tale to life with cheerful illustrations. One reviewer called Come Out to the Garden “a treasure for anyone who would like to introduce the concept of gardening to his or her children.”

The Januarys make an ideal team for the book. Rick loves to write, and Stella loves drawing and arts and crafts. Together, they have a lifelong love of gardening, which nurtured their inspiration and collaboration for this book.  They are currently traveling around the Atlanta area doing book signings at local garden centers, farmer’s markets, and bookstores. Stella creates quite the “spread” at their signing table by decorating it with real garden accessories including harvested veggies and dirt and worms made of oreo crumbs and gummy worms. Their next signing will be on July 7 at Books For Less in Alpharetta. Come meet Rick and Stella from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 995 North Point Drive, Alpharetta, GA.

Come Out to the Garden is available in both paperback and hardcover through BQB’s online store, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your favorite bookstore, and the eBook version can be purchased through Kobo and iTunes.

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