We Are the Gardeners
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In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they've gained along the way, the Gaines family shares all.
In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they’ve gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!
You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family’s story of becoming gardeners in Joanna’s first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family’s love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.
Julianna Swaney’s illustrations bring the Gaines family garden to life with colorful, whimsical watercolors and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.
About the Author & Illustrator:
Joanna Gaines and her husband, Chip Gaines, are co-founders and co-owners of Magnolia Homes, Magnolia Market and Magnolia Realty in Waco, Texas. Together, they also host HGTV’s Fixer Upper, where Joanna serves as the lead designer and Chip handles construction. Joanna appreciates the old ways of living, simple and hard-working with home at the center of it all. Joanna, also known by friends and fans as “Jo” or “JoJo”, was born in Kansas and raised in the Lone Star State. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Communications and was inspired to join the world of design while interning in New York City. Joanna decided to open a home decor shop, Magnolia Market, in 2003; bringing her NYC-inspired ideas and eye for design back to Waco, Texas. She soon discovered this passion complemented Chip’s construction experience, and together they began remodeling and flipping homes.
Julianna Swaney is an illustrator whose work is inspired by themes of imagination and whimsy. She grew up homeschooled, which allowed free range for her imagination and interests in folklore, animals, nature, and history. She lives Portland, Oregon.
A Few Reviews:
“Well, it’s official. Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal. This book is just as wholesome and lovely as you could possibly make a children’s book. Some actual knowledge presented in a really cute, fun way. It has personality and comes from real life. It is inspiring and motivating to get the kids’ hands in the dirt. This book did exactly to me what I feel pretty confident Joanna hoped it would do… And, of course, it is WAAAY too pretty to sit on a shelf somewhere. It’s just begging to be displayed.”
“We are the Gardeners is a delightful book. We enjoyed that it was a lengthier picture book rather that a couple of words a page. The day we read this book, my 5 year old daughter had a predicament she came up against and she said, “I don’t give up!” and she kept at it. As a mother I really appreciate a book that encourages loving & creative family time, hard word, critical thinking, not giving up etc.. Thank you for sharing this part of your story so we can see God’s light shine through it.”
“I just received my book and read it right away. I bought it for many reasons…I love Joanna, I am an early childhood educator, and so I tend to collect childrens books. I am also a new Nana ❤ and want to share my love of gardening with my grandchildren. I found this book adorable! The story is sweet and has many subtle important life lessons for children. The illustrations are soft and beautiful. I cant wait to share it with my granddaughter and future students!”