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The Muddy Fingers Garden Crew to the Rescue!

muddy fingers garden crew to the rescue

The Muddy Fingers Garden Crew to the Rescue! follows the kids from school to a nearby neighborhood when they learn that their friend, Jamal Livingston, is stressed out. His community garden is in jeopardy of closure, because volunteers are squabbling and an angry neighbor is threatening to have the garden shut down completely. A horrible prospect! Not only do Jamal and the others share their produce with the local food pantry, they teach others how to garden and eat healthy.

When Jamal shares the news with his friends at school, the children are beside themselves. Close the garden? When it’s doing so much good? Absurd. The students of Beacon Academy won’t stand for it. If the neighbors won’t volunteer to work the garden, then they will. The kids are experts now. They can handle any gardening challenge!

It’s the moment Jamal learns the true power of community outreach. But as the kids work their plan, they quickly discover there’s more at play than cranky volunteers and an unhappy neighbor. A lot more, including Mother Nature herself. The kids might have piles of energy, but can they overcome all obstacles and save the garden?

Find out in book #3 of the Wild Tales & Garden Thrills series! The Muddy Fingers Garden Crew to the Rescue!


Middle Grade Fiction

Ages: 7 – 10

Grades: 2 – 4 (Lexile TBD)

Genre: Gardening, Nature, Science, Environment

Formats available:

$6.99 Full-color ebook ~ ISBN: 978-0-9977738-2-8 (Axis 360, Library Direct, Overdrive)
$12.99 Print (black & white, 267 pages) ~ ISBN: 978-0-9977738-1-1 (Ingram)
$12.99 Print Education Edition ~ ISBN: TBD (Baker & Taylor)

$6.99 Coloring Book featuring all of the illustrations from the book ~ ISBN: 978-0-9977738-3-5

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  • by Blair Bancroft, Author

    Although Show Me the Green! is clearly a strong “Let’s garden” for country and suburban children, even city dwellers should be inspired by this charming tale of how to grow veggies. With chapter titles like “Slippery Eggs & Seeds,” “Wacky Weeds,” “Shiny Frogs & Flittering Flies,” this is a fun story in itself and an inspiration to children everywhere.


  • by Sharon Grier, Teacher

    Not only were the characters easy to relate to and real, one can learn quite a bit about gardening without feeling like you’re reading a textbook. My students commented that they had felt just like Jason and Lexi a few times, and I shared that I had surely felt like the mom, too. Having read many books, I feel strongly about recommending this book to students as well as teachers. Great, well-written children’s book!


  • by Kirkus

    Venetta’s debut children’s book conveys the thrill of growing one’s own food.

  • by Indie Reader

    A cheerful, welcoming way to plant seeds of interest in gardening for elementary-school aged children, SHOW ME THE GREEN! falls on fertile soil.


  • by Queen Bee Books

    This is a story that kids will be absorbed in without realizing how much they’re learning–about seeds, planting, plant life cycles, bugs, fertilizer… If you’re looking for a chapter book to get kids excited about nature, gardening, and science, this one would fit the bill.