Diana's White House Garden

Diana's White House GardenPicture book based on the true story of Diana Hopkins, the ten year old poster child for the WWII Victory Garden at the White House. Illustrated by the very talented Jen Hill.

Diana Hopkins lived in a white house. THE White House. World War II is in full force across the seas. It's 1943, President Roosevelt is in office, and Diana's father, Harry Hopkins, is his chief advisor. Diana wants to be part of the war effort. After some well-intentioned missteps (her quarantine sign on her father's office door was not well-received), the President requests her help with his newest plan for the country's survival: Victory Gardens!

Based on the true story of how Diana Hopkins started her own Victory Garden on the White House lawn under the tutelage of Eleanor Roosevelt. With dedication and patience, she showed the nation that the war effort started first on the homefront.

ISBN-13: 9780670016495
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Honors and Awards:

A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Amazon Best Book of the Month (May 2016)
* Starred Review School Library Connection 

 

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Reviews:

“A cheerful mix of gardening, history and patriotism…Along with Hill’s charming pencil and gouache illustrations full of homey retro details, Carbone’s story gently humanizes history, reminding us that children are a part of it, too.”
                                                                                                             ~ New York Times Book Review
 

Carbone's straightforward text features just the right details to engage children. It is complemented by Hill's mix of simple line drawings and muted colors that evoke the era's austerity. . . . An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. 
                                                                                                              ~ Kirkus Reviews

A 10-year-old living in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s White House finds a way to contribute to the WWII effort in Carbone’s (Heroes of the Surf) endearing picture book, based on a true story. . . .  An author’s note includes a photograph of a young Diana with Eleanor Roosevelt and offers more information about the success of the WWII Victory Garden movement. 
                                                                                                               ~ Publisher's Weekly

* "Carbone's depiction is lively and entertaining. Jen Hill's line drawings with muted gray and pastels add to the austerity of the period. Students will learn how small efforts can have greater results as well as see a human side of World War II's home front."
                                                                                                    ~ School Library Connection *Starred Review

 

 

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