Kids will want to plant a flower garden after reading this book

Polly Pansy grabbed my attention on the first page of The Flower Patch Pals by Gayle Plummer. Sheila Young’s illustrations are really wonderful in this children’s book published by North Country Press. Sheila is Gayle’ sister.

Gayle wrote the book to inspire young gardeners, and it will certainly do that. I’ve already shared it with my 4-year-old granddaughter who loves to garden. She was here on a recent weekend, and the first thing she did was race out to Nana’s vegetable garden to pull up a carrot which she carried into the house and ate immediately.

In each of the book’s 6 stories, a flowering plant is featured. The conversations of the plants are often hilarious. In addition to Polly Pansy, you will hear from Benny Bachelor Button, Rita Rose, Hollis Hollyhock, Zelda Zinnia, and Willey Woolly Thyme.

Willy Woolly was my favorite. He sprawls out all over the flower patch, irritating some of the other flowers. But eventually, they all realize his sprawling has been very good for the garden.

At the end of the book, Gayle offers some fun projects including planting your own flower patch. I’m sure that is now on my granddaughter’s to-do list!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.