quinta-feira, 30 de outubro de 2014

Nettles and roses, a picture book about spring time

“Nettles and roses” is a picture book about spring time, written by Fernanda Botelho, illustrated by Sara Simões

This picture book invites us to spend a day with four children at an organic farm.
Sarah's friends live in apartments and are very surprised when they discover the wonder and magic of the plant world.
They learn about plant companions, plant families and their Latin names, and realize their resemblance to people.
They discover nettles and all their uses, learn how to make compost and the advantages of not using chemical fertilizers.
They discover the meaning of conservation and biodiversity, the uses of some medicinal plants and the great importance of bees, butterflies, ladybirds and earthworms.
Before going home they delight themselves with a special picnic of local, homemade organic goodies like elderflower juice, honeysuckle pancakes and a delicious salad with flowers.
They promise to return in the autumn to learn more and bring their parents to try Sarah's mum yummy nettle soup.

Twelve pages of watercolour botanical illustrations are well worth the value of this story written with care, dedication, botanical and herbal knowledge.
The book is recommended for children from the age of seven and to adults of any age willing that are willing to go a bit deeper into the practice of an organic way of living.

'Nettles and roses' was translated from the original Portuguese 'Salada de flores'.

Disponível na Traga-Mundos – livros e vinhos, coisas e loisas do Douro em Vila Real... | Traga-Mundos – lhibros i binos, cousas i lhoisas de l Douro an Bila Rial...
[também da autora os títulos: “Sementes à Solta”, “Hortas Aromáticas” e “Salada de Flores”, ilustrações de Sara Simões; “As Plantas e a Saúde – Guia prático de remédios caseiros”]

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