If you love children and gardens, you will love this book, Sunflower Houses, by Sharon Lovejoy. I bought my own copy long ago, and use it often when planning my garden or looking for fun games to play in the garden during the spring and summer. It has chapters about garden games and toys made of flowers. Below, you will see the illustration for the page about how to make hollyhock dolls.
A sunflower house is a beautiful living playhouse made of morning glory and sunflowers.
Sharon Lovejoy, the author and illustrator of Sunflower Houses, interviewed many grown-ups about their favorite flowers, childhood garden memories, traditions, and how-to's. Many of my favorite ideas are from your great-grandparents' generation and before, when boys and girls made their own fun and their own toys outside with what was growing around them. You will remember or learn about grass slides, screechers, secret lemon juice notes, poppy maidens, sassafras chains, tree swings, tops made of acorns, mini trough gardens for children, living playhouses and gazebos, growing vegetables in bottles, how to make a garden "clock", keeping worms, and more.
I like the collections of poems (some of which are Sharon Lovejoy's) the flower lore, and the delicate watercolor illustrations. If your bedside table is starting to look like the picture below, than this is a good time to add Sunflower Houses to your collection. It is a wonderful book to pore over on cold nights when you are beginning to let yourself to dream a little bit about springtime. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you can start using the games and ideas right away!
I decided to have a giveaway in celebration of having collected over 100 wonderful followers. Thank you all for the encouragement, which gives me so much energy! All you have to do to participate in the giveaway is comment on this post. If you post about the giveaway on your blog, let me know about it and I'll put your name in the hat a second time. I will collect all the names I receive before 9:00 a.m. Monday, February 15th. Check back later that day for the name of the winner. Make sure there is a way for me to contact you if you win!
Guess what??! Sharon Lovejoy has a blog, too! Visit it at: http://sharonlovejoy.blogspot.com/