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The Allotmenteers

Tom and Sally are sad at the thought of having to give up their allotment as their Mum is going back to work at the local library – they have so enjoyed spending time there over the summer! So they offer to take on looking after it themselves. They get the hang of it pretty quickly and start to be able to supply neighbours with the surplus veg they grow. This is a charming tale of how children can easily rise to meet challenges when given the opportunity, as well as giving inspiring examples of community spirit and solving problems as a team…it also contains simple growing directions and delicious recipes to try too! 

Author/Illustrator – Written by Theo Moore Illustrated By Sarah Van Dongen

Suitable 5 – 8 Year olds

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Price £6.99 CBS books Kent, UK   and online https://ragged-bears.com/

 

 

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The Allotmenteers Reviews

Product Tested By Lorna Grant – Jack 6 years

Lorna Awarded The Allotmenteers 5/5

This book arrived and looked good quality.  It is a good story idea as it encourages and potentially inspires the young to grow vegetables, and the recipes were really good, I struggled to keep my 6 year old son focused. The cover was interesting to my son, he enjoyed telling me what he thought the story would be about and making his own predictions from the cover. I love the concept of the book, it’s inspiring to young children, to the point where we (my 6year old, 12 year old and I) have now planted sugar snap peas, parsnips and carrots. They did enjoy the story but it did not keep my son captivated all the time. My son really enjoyed how Tom and Sally kept the allotment going.  He was very interested inTom and sally making up the veggie boxes to gift and then sell, he thinks we should do this with our home grown veggies! While my son Jack is still young he very much understood that they were helping others and this shows true kindness. Jack is very much a problem solver child, he has an analytical mind and was able to think up solutions before we read the next part. WE did try some of the growing directions listed in the book. We also tried some of the recipes and made scones and my son said they were delicious, which in itself is a win, as he’s a nightmare to feed any kind of “green” to! This book did capture his imagination but he did struggle to stay focused a little. We loved the pictures of the vegetables. The illustrations are beautiful, simple and captures our attention. We took our time with it to try to encourage and develop our focus, we read it over 5 evenings, and then took a few extra days when using the recipes and instructions. I’d possibly say more suitable for 6/7 up to 9/10…the reading is manageable for a competent 6 year old, but I think any younger and the child may not be mature enough to focus and concentrate long enough. My children loved how the children gave the professor their dog (though he has made us promise not to send our puppy to a professor!) and the young man going to live with the professor to help him with his work (he did suggest we send his big brother to a professor to live!)I liked the story, it was full of a range of emotions, it encourages the children to think about their emotions, building their emotional resilience, which to be honest after this last year a lot of children need support with this! The quality was lovely, not too big, not too small, a great introduction to chapter books. The recipes alone are worth the money, they are great! I would buy this but I would probably wait till my boy was a little more focused with better concentration levels.  It will be read again once I know he can sit for it. I would recommend as it’s a beautifully written story, with a lot of unexpected changes. Overall this is a beautiful little story for children just starting out on chapter books, the illustrations are easy to grasp, a conversation starter on their own.  It has inspired our youngest son (6) to grow some of his own veggies and gift them to neighbours and family.  Lorna Grant – Jack 6 years

Product Tested By Michelle Newman – Jasmine & Ellis – 5 & 9 Years

Michelle Awarded The Allotmenteers 4/5

Really lovely colourful cover. The pages were good quality. Kids were keen to read it. The front cover did make them want to read it.  The kids love gardening so were keen to read it. Really lovely concept. Gardening and growing things are something any child can get involved in. We grow a lot of things at home. They did enjoy the story.  It was a lovely story about how pulling together the kids can keep the allotment going. They also liked that they shared the fruit and vegetables out with friends and neighbours. Reading how Tom & Sally rose to the challenge of keeping the allotment going made them think that they can do more to help out in the garden at home. If Tom and Sally can, then they can too. They did like how the book explains community sprit especially with the sharing of the vegetables. They really liked how the children worked together as a team. Not tried some of the growing directions yet. We are growing our own fruit and veg at home but they have taken more of an interest in that now. We made cheese scones (without herbs) for the kids and with for the adults. This story did capture their imagination and keep them entertained as it is a subject they are both interested in. We read the book over 3 nights and they were looking forward to reading it each day. The illustration did bring the story to life as most pages had a picture on and it broke up the text and it gave the kids something to look at. The quality of the illustrations are really nice and slightly grown up. My kids are 5 & 9 and both really enjoyed it, but I would say more for suitable for 6-9 year old’s. My children liked scamp.  I liked the community spirit it portrayed. Really lovely book with a warming storyline. Beautiful illustrations. A little on the pricy side but it can be read over and over. I would buy this book. I would recommend as it is a lovely story. Really enjoyable, good quality book. I have read this book to my kids once and they have asked me to read it again so I would say that is positive. It’s a lovely story and has made them more interested in the fruit and vegetables growing in our garden. Michelle Newman – Jasmine & Ellis – 5 & 9 Years

Product Tested By Laura Clarke – Sydney 5 Years

Laura Awarded The Allotmenteers 3.5/5

I thought the book didn’t look inviting for the age group. The illustrations were beautiful however not engaging for my daughter. The front cover did not inspire my daughter to want to read the book. It’s a lovely idea from an adults perspective. My daughter struggled to listen and engage in the book. I had to support her a lot with the understanding of the book and the story. Regarding how the children worked together to solve challenges she did understand with support. We have tried some of the simple growing directions and she was keen to try and complete her own gardening and she asks to water the plants when she is outside. We did not try any of the recipes as my daughter is a fussy eater. Unfortunately my daughter was not keen on the book so keeping her engaged was tricky. The illustrations were beautifully drawn and not to bold which made them nice to look at. We read it a few times over the course of a few weeks. We didn’t read it all in one go. My daughter still enjoys stories she has read for years, they are predictable and she likes to try and read along with them. So this book was slightly too difficult for her. I feel in a year or 2 she will be more engaged with this book. My daughter liked the gardening ideas the most.  I liked the concept as thought it was lovely. The book didn’t look overly appealing but the idea was great. Even though my daughter didn’t like it I did and will keep it to read to her when she is older. Not a bad price for a story of this quality. Would not buy this presently as not suitable for my daughter at the moment. The book was lovely but it was difficult for my daughter to listen and understand the story. Laura Clarke – Sydney 5 Years

 

 

 

The recipes alone are worth the money, they are great! I would buy this but I would probably wait till my boy was a little more focused with better concentration levels.  It will be read again once I know he can sit for it. I would recommend as it’s a beautifully written story, with a lot of unexpected changes. Overall this is a beautiful little story for children just starting out on chapter books, the illustrations are easy to grasp, a conversation starter on their own.  It has inspired our youngest son (6) to grow some of his own veggies and gift them to neighbours and family.

Awards

Lorna Awarded The Allotmenteers 5/5

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