The Soil in Jackie’s Garden by Peggy Thomas and Neely Daggett

The Soil in Jackie’s Garden by Peggy Thomas and Neely Daggett

One of my favorite nursery rhymes to read to my child was This is the House That Jack Built and now there is a version that is both entertaining and educational.

The Soil in Jackie’s Garden is a great spin on the nursery rhyme that focuses on the soil cycle.

Perfect for National Learn About Composting Day, The Soil in Jackie’s Garden introduces budding gardeners to the magic happening in their very own backyard with beautiful visuals that open vertically to showcase the secrets beneath the surface of the soil. Follow Jackie and her diverse group of friends as they meet pollinators, measure progress, and patiently wait for their sweet snack to grow. But it doesn’t stop there — the soil is packed with critters creating compost for next season’s seeds!

Written in the cumulative style of “The House that Jack Built,” the catchy alliterations and engaging illustrations are interwoven with scientific facts that teach young readers about the life cycle of a plant, the natural processes that create new soil, and the importance of composting for a sustainable garden.

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This book is perfect for young readers because it mixes rhyme, poetry, and facts as well as vibrant pictures to entertain and educate.

Make sure you check it out from your local library or order your copy today.

About the Author: Peggy Thomas is the author of more than twenty award-winning nonfiction books for children including Hero For the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug, illustrated by Sam Kalda, and Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, which earned the AFBFA 2020 Book of the Year Award. When not in her garden, Peggy is most likely speaking with students about sustainability and food security or researching her next true story. Learn more about Peggy at

About the Illustrator: Neely Daggett lives with her husband and three children in tree-filled Portland, Oregon. Making picture books is her passion, but Neely also loves to work in her garden, take her dog Luna on long walks, and visit the Oregon coast with her family. You can find more of Neely’s work at

About the Publisher: Feeding Minds Press is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The mission of the Foundation is to build awareness and understanding of agriculture through education. The goal of Feeding Minds Press is to publish accurate and engaging books about agriculture that connect readers to where their food comes from and who grows it. Learn more at

Publication information: 
The Soil in Jackie’s Garden
By Peggy Thomas
Illustrated by Neely Daggett
Feeding Minds Press
May 29, 2024
978-1-948-89816-4 (Hardcover)
Ages 6-8
32 pages

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