Since its first planting, the White House Kitchen Garden has sparked a new conversation about nutrition and our children’s health. In American Grown, First Lady Michelle Obama tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of gardens across our nation, and reminds us all of what we can grow together.
Setting a new standard for illustrated eBooks, American Grown offers a beautifully designed and screen-optimized layout for color devices that takes advantage of the best features of each device.
This eBook offers new ways to experience more of the White House Kitchen Garden with features that include:
· Even more lush photography and historical images
· Timeline of the White House grounds through the years
· Delicious recipes not found in the physical book
· Tips for healthy living, including information on creating nutritious meals on a budget and ways to increase the fruits and veggies in your diet
· Helpful tips for gardeners including composting, a starter kit, and seasonal to-do lists
· A satellite view of the White House Garden
· A section for families with a bio of Bo, additional photographs, details on easy plants for kids to grow, and great snacks
The cutting-edge experience provided by the iBooks edition of the American Grown eBook also includes:
· Exclusive video of First Lady Michelle Obama
· Bonus information on the White House honey harvest
· An interactive satellite view of the White House Garden
· Interactive seasonal garden plans that show what is growing in each bed
· A special section for families, including a “Bo’s Vegetable Quiz” game and a puzzle game
Note: There may be differences in the reading experience depending on your eReading device. Please note the interactive elements of the extra content and videos are only supported by the iPad in iBooks 2.
In her well-intentioned first book, First Lady Obama presents the semi-organized tale of the White House Kitchen Garden. Shortly after her husband assumed office, Obama and a class of fifth-graders broke ground on the first food-producing garden since Eleanor Roosevelt's WWII-era "victory garden." Here, Obama details the evolution of the current 1,100 square foot patch, and expands her story to touch on community gardens, farmers' markets, the importance of the availability of fresh foods, and her "Let's Move!" initiative to fight childhood obesity. Organized according to the four seasons, Obama concludes each chapter with timely recipes, including spinach pie, a corn soup to go with freshly harvested summer veggies, linguine with a savory mushroom bacon sauce, and white chocolate-cherry-carrot cookies for a sweet wintry treat. In addition to these "highlights," 40 pages of season-specific recipes are included. Though narrative structure is not Obama's forte (she frequently pauses mid-story to offer tips for home gardeners and advice on how to build a better lunch), this is nevertheless an eye-catching and engaging book. Those looking for a linear story will likely be frustrated, but folks interested in fresh, local food; Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign; and life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will find plenty to enjoy here. Photos.
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Not enough bang for your buck.
I believe that this book is ridiculous. To publicize it on the front cover of the iTunes page is a joke! A child who knows a little bit about gardening could have written something similar. Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are the best things to eat, and that you need to exercise in order to keep your weight healthy…don't need a book for that information. The pictures are nice, but everything else is totally bland. With the lack of actual material in the book, it is not worth your $15. Go into a bookstore and flip through it… that should make you just as satisfied.
I love Michelle!
She has beens such an inspiration to our country and has truly influenced the way think about eating healthy. Regardless of political party, she is doing our counry a tremendous favor!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! SUCH A HELPFUL AND GOOD BOOK!
Grow a garden, Keep a child healthy
This woman has always amazed me. When is she not doing something to help our families stick together and keep us aware of our health? This is a fantastic read, a great source for simple but worthy information that aids us in not only starting our own gardens, but starting a path to a healthier lifestyle! Never stop, Michelle!