Released: 05 July 2013

Whitefriars-sponsored Garden Science Book Out Now

Best-selling Canterbury children’s educational author Martyn Barr has drawn on flower power for inspiration for his latest book, sponsored by Whitefriars as part of its contribution towards Canterbury in Bloom 2013. 
 
His new title – Garden Science – is targeted at 9-12 year-olds and has been specially developed to support the National Curriculum Key Stage 2 Science syllabus. The book has been written and designed in Martyn’s customary stimulating and engaging style, for which he has received widespread acclaim from children, parents and teaching professionals alike.
 
The 52-page, lavishly illustrated softback book is a follow-up to Martyn’s To Be A Bee book published last year, also supported by Whitefriars.
 
Martyn says: “If we didn’t have plants, we couldn’t survive on this planet. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden, but if you do, it’s important to look after it, and to create the right environment for the insects and other creatures that live and work in it. Garden Science is not designed to be a practical guide to gardening. Reading this book will help children understand the science behind a garden… and if you know that, you will become a better gardener!”
 
Garden Science is divided into 14 short chapters, with over 100 colourful images and illustrations. Topics covered include soil, eco-friendly gardening, how plants grow and reproduce, weather, garden-friendly creatures, pests, ponds, birds and small mammals. At the back, there is a glossary of scientific terms used in the book, as well as books for further reading and useful web links.
 
Martyn has also produced a series of ten simple garden projects to help children observe, learn and have fun in the garden. 

The new book is available for purchase online for £4.99, including free postage and packing. Visit Martyn's website at www.OOTBShop.co.uk to find out more.
 
Whitefriars Manager Peter Scutt adds: “Once again, Martyn has done a great job in turning a potentially dry subject into something that children can really engage with, learn about and, most of all, enjoy. We will be supplying free copies of the book for primary and secondary school libraries across the Canterbury District and giving them away as gifts at some of our summer children’s events.
 
“Supporting local schools is a major element in our Canterbury in Bloom activities this year. In addition to the book, we are partnering with local charity The Fifth Trust to teach children how to grow and look after plants. This is taking place at six local primary schools and children’s groups. We are providing each group with all the materials, plants, equipment and tools it needs. Gardening experts and students from the Trust are teaching a class the entire growing process, from germination to potting up a finished plant. We will also be running a series of free craft workshops during the summer with a gardening theme.” 
 
Martyn’s debut book – The Young Person’s History Guide to Canterbury – continues to be a best seller in the city, even topping the local Waterstones’ sales charts in August 2010. Its first edition raised £3,000 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. The second edition is set to raise £2,000 for Canterbury Cathedral’s restoration appeal.

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