We Are the Gardeners, by Joanna Gaines, 2019

Title: We Are the Gardeners

Author: Joanna Gaines

Illustrated by: Julianna Swaney

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.

Publishing Date: 26th of March, 2019

Genre: Children’s nonfiction, Home and Gardening

Format: Ebook

Language: English


In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they’ve gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family’s story of becoming gardeners in Joanna’s first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family’s love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

Julianna Swaney’s illustrations bring the Gaines family garden to life with colorful, whimsical watercolors and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.

My review:

We Are the Gardeners was a quite short but interesting read. I think it will prove to be a really powerful and influential read for children. We often say that a child’s mind is like a blank space and so it is easy to influence them. This book, with its wonderful illustrations, is the perfect gift for the little eons in your life.

One of the most important things that it focuses upon is the necessity of hard work and perseverance and how significant they are – we need to inculcate them if we ever wish to do something successful. The author also insists on the necessity of going on and not giving up – “Every failure or setback teaches us something”.

It shows the beauty in simple and menial tasks and that will surely teach the reader to understand and enjoy the smaller joys of life – even the simplest things can offer one something. The childhood innocence in the kids is really very nice to read about – they have hope, something so many of us adults have left behind; these kids are taught not to give up – and I think that is the best advice a growing kid can ever get.

The book also focuses on the importance of knowing when enough is enough – on contentment, and respecting the limits. Reading as a whole is also portrayed and thus, the fact that one can learn so many things from doing so. Another most obvious and just as important motifs seen in this book is the presence of familial bonds and the importance of family – after all, the family is the first support system we get.

“Just because you can’t see the good things with your eyes doesn’t mean they’re not there!” This is an important line from the book and says multitudes in just a few words. It encourages the reader to look for the silver lining. With simple language, this is the perfect book to read for a quick yet meaning experience.


I really enjoyed this book very much and I rate it a 4/5 stars! It releases on 26th of March, 2019 and a must grab for all the tiny tots in your lives!

About the reviewer:

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc.  She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com .

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