Brianna and I have reached the part of summer where accelerate our fun before we head back to school. One item on our summer bucket list was to take a trip to Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Bookworm Gardens has child-friendly plantings themed to match well-loved children’s books. We brought Rebecca and Addy along on our mini road-trip.
Brianna noticed right away that the charming map’s artist was Graef – we are pretty sure it is Renee Graef, illustrator for many American Girl classics like Kirsten’s books. She used to live in the area.
We started our tour near a lazy stream reminiscent of Jen’s favorite children’s book The Wind in the Willows.
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats – Wind in the Willows
Addy is wearing the new Little House on the Prairie dress and apron from The Queen’s Treasures. She heard there might be something related to Laura and Mary and dressed the part.
“The snug log house looked just as it always had. It did not seem to know they were going away.” Little House in the Big Woods
The whole time we were taking pictures we were trying to evade YMCA camps on a field trip. In the wagon picture above, Brianna is under the seat ready to whisk the dolls away before the Y kids are unleashed! Doll photography is a pursuit for the brave and decisive.
This is our cry, this is our prayer: peace in the world – Sadako Sasako (Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes)
A Japanese garden honors several books, including Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This book about Hiroshima would be an excellent companion to Nanea’s books.
“Nearly eleven o’clock,” said Pooh happily. “You’re just in time for a little smackerel of something.”
One of the neat things to see at Bookworm Gardens is a real “Magic School Bus”! It is a retired school bus with metal insect legs and ladybug wings attached to the roof. We dared not enter because there were little boys in it opening and closing the bus doors fevently. I could see an accident about to happen . . . the same feeling I get in the Trader Joe’s parking lot.
We moved on to calmer places. . .
“Twitch” is about a city mouse who moves to the country and builds his home in an oak tree. The author, Judi Fors, was concerned that kids seemed to mostly play by re-enacting tv shows and video games, so she had a tiny door and mailbox attached to a tree at the school where she worked. The story of Twitch was born from this experience.
The Tin Forest by Helen Ward
If you go, we recommend arriving after 1:00, because the “afternoon nap” kids start clearing out around then.
Have you read any of the books featured in the photos above?