Diana’s White House Garden by Elisa Carbone, illustrated by Jen Hill
Age Range: 5 – 8 years | Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3 | Hardcover: 44 pages | Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2016)
About Diana’s White House Garden
Diana Hopkins lived in a white house. THE White House.
World War II is in full force across the seas. It’s 1943, President Roosevelt is in office, and Diana’s father, Harry Hopkins, is his chief advisor. And Diana wants to be part of the war effort. After some well-intentioned missteps (her quarantine sign on her father’s office door was not well-received), the President requests her help with his newest plan for the country’s survival: Victory Gardens!
From award-winning author Elisa Carbone comes the true story of how Diana Hopkins started her own Victory Garden on the White House lawn under the tutelage of Eleanor Roosevelt. With dedication and patience, she showed the nation that the war effort started first on the homefront.
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My Thoughts on Diana’s White House Garden
Diana lives at the White House during World War II and Roosevelt’s term in office. She wants to do her part in helping with the war effort, so she sets traps for bad guys, tests out her spying abilities, and hangs up important looking signs. Unfortunately, her efforts cause more harm than good until she volunteers to help out with the White House’s garden plot.
Gardening is hard work, but Diana’s garden is making a difference. She’s a little girl that finds a way to inspire people across the nation and help out with the war. The book even includes information in the back about the real Diana along with a photo of her with Eleanor Roosevelt.
My kids love this book and I’m loving this new wave of informational books for children. This is one of those gems that teaches children an important lesson about history while also entertaining and engaging them. It’s a far cry from the boring nonfiction books I read as a child. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is well executed.
I would highly recommend Diana’s White House Garden to parents, teachers, and kids wanting to learn more about World War II and the Roosevelts. I would also suggest reading Nice Work, Franklin! while you’re at it.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review consideration. I was not obligated to write a review or to write a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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