Farmer Green has cultivated his land in anticipation of planting seeds the following day. But instead, he suffers a broken leg and won’t be able to finish the job. Burton, the kind scarecrow, is worried that Farmer Green won’t be able to pay his bills and feed his family without the harvest.
Gathering the animals together, Burton lays out a plan. He and his friends will plant and care for the garden until Farmer Green is ready to return to work. When Farmer Green finally visits the garden, he is surprised and pleased that everyone has pitched in to help him.
Burton’s Friendship Garden includes a teacher’s guide to be used along with the book. Story concepts, glossary, information on gardens, reader and listener tips, activities, and internet links are all provided. This would be a great fall read for classrooms.
Reviewer: Alice Berger