A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward
Published by Penguin Australia
This beautifully illustrated picture book is a surprising read, with great depth and an important message for young readers and their families alike.
With an endorsement from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, I was intrigued by what type of story I would find within the covers and I was not left disappointed. A Patch from Scratch will challenge primary school readers with its educational and entertaining mix of eco-messaging and an enticing introduction to sustainable living.
The story tells of a little boy and his big brother Lewis who catch the gardening bug from their parents. They devote themselves to building an organic fruit and vege patch in their suburban backyard with help from family, friends and neighbours. As it unfolds, events take the reader into a world of simplicity and community that parents may remember from their childhood yet most urban-dwelling children may not even recognise.
For the latter, the author takes the opportunity to open their minds to a new way of living. The idea is that anyone can turn a little patch of earth, wherever it may be, into a productive gardening space. It will bring them endless pleasure and the chance to interact with nature.
Featuring real children’s sketches of gardening, and a reference section with recommended reading, a sustainable gardening flow chart and recipes, Megan Forward takes the picture book medium to a new level, with its ability to educate and influence.
Delightful and inspirational, A Patch from Scratch isn’t afraid to challenge young readers and their parents to create a more sustainable world in their very own backyards.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Megan Forward
Title: A Patch from Scratch
Publisher: Penguin Australia