Diana’s White House Garden (Picture Book Review)

Book Review, History Books, Picture Books
Diana's White House Garden by Elisa Carbone | batchofbooks.com

Diana's White House Garden by Elisa Carbone | batchofbooks.com

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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    Stephanie@Fairday's Blog
    August 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    This sounds like an excellent book. I hadn’t heard of it before- so thanks for sharing it. I plan to check it out. It sounds like a book that would be great in my school library. Off to add it to my Goodreads list so I don’t forget. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      August 15, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      I love Goodreads lists! I have massive lists on there and they help me keep track of everything. I hope you enjoy the book. We sure did!

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