The Plant Sitter is written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham in 1959. This book is the chinese translated version. We all know what "baby sitter" is, but what about "plant sitter"? Read this book to find out.
This is one of the storybooks recommended for supplementary reading by Ministry of Education, Chinese Department (Singapore) for lower Primary level.
Tommy's holiday job is to look after the neighbours' plants. The plants grew so well that it turned his house into a "rainforest", much to the chagrin of his father. The job was exhausting and stressed him out a little.
In a bid to do his job well, Tommy decide to do his own research on how best to take care of each type of plants. He learnt how to prune them properly and re-seed the others. When his neighours returned from their holidays, they were all delighted to find their plants being taken care so well under Tommy's charge. What a great sense of achievement he feel, with a job well done!
A lovely and very interesting read that you can share with your child! Recommended for families who are plant-lovers.
Parents can teach their child to put in their best efforts in everything they do and take personal responsibility for their work. At the end of the day, when a job is well-done, that sense of achievement is sweetness beyond words.
Available in hard cover and in simplified chinese. There is no hanyu pinyin in the book. For reading to the child, this book may suit children of 4 up. For self-read, this book would be recommended for children of 7 and above.