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The Puddle Garden is a richly illustrated children's story about native plants and wildlife.
The Puddle Garden is a richly illustrated children's story about native plants and wildlife.
151 backers pledged $9,111 to help bring this project to life.

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The Story

Bear Cub's family moved to a new house. It was big and empty, inside and outside. It felt a bit lonely. 

Bear Cub went outside. He looked in front of the house. Just grass. He looked behind the house. More grass! There were no friends to be found anywhere.

Bear Cub discovers a wet spot in the lawn and plants cardinal flower, blue flag iris, turtlehead, elderberry, and other native plants. His garden quickly fills with plant and animal friends. His home landscape is no longer lonely!

Why is this important?

We hear grim news about the environment almost every day. It can be overwhelming, especially for children.

Here’s a way for children and adults to learn more about native plants and have a positive effect on the wild world, collaborating on a garden project like The Puddle Garden.

Children and parents alike will be inspired by this story to create homes for butterflies, hummingbirds, turtles, frogs and other wildlife, using native wildflowers and shrubs that provide shelter and sustenance.

Who’s creating The Puddle Garden?

The Puddle Garden is written by botanist, educator, and native plant grower Jared Rosenbaum.

Of Jared's previous book, author/scientist Doug Tallamy had written:

People across the country are discovering the rewards of sharing their yards with other living things... They have discovered that none of this happens without the plant communities that have been the foundation of local food webs for eons. But what are these plants? The answers to these and many more questions are provided and beautifully illustrated by Jared Rosenbaum... For projects from the soil to the canopy, this is a must-read.

Jared's collaborator (and sister) is illustrator and designer Laura Rosenbaum. Laura’s playful and finely wrought illustrations have been featured in publications for Condé Nast, the New York City Department of Education, KnollTextiles, and more. In The Puddle Garden, her stylish and organic drawings are rendered in fine point ink and bright watercolors to bring Bear Cub and his crew of fauna and flora to life.

Jared and Laura with cardinal flowers galore
Jared and Laura with cardinal flowers galore

What will your support help us do?

Your support of this project will pay for printing 1,000 gorgeous full-color copies of the book, and for Laura’s illustration work. It will also cover shipping copies of The Puddle Garden to you!

The book will be printed and shipped by Valentine's Day, February 2015.

The Puddle Garden Poster - stylish and educational
The Puddle Garden Poster - stylish and educational

More than a book

The companion website at thepuddlegarden.com brings all the plants and animals in the book to life with photos and more writing, planting lists and guides, and everything a family might need to create their own Puddle Garden.

Laura is also creating a beautifully illustrated poster of Bear Cub and his plant allies and animal friends. Together, the poster and website round out a native plant story that's fun, heartening, educational... and important.

Risks and challenges

We've got all the basics covered already -- the book is written, we have a printer selected, and Laura has completed many illustrations already. The educational website at thepuddlegarden.com is up and running. If the publication date moves later due to the vagaries of publishing, we'll let you know right away, and we'll have it out this winter no matter what.

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    A signed copy of the book, hot off the presses, delivered to your door

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    Two signed books, two posters, and thanks on the Puddle Garden website

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    The above, plus a half-day wild plants hike and private botany lesson with the author at one of New Jersey's most beautiful and diverse forests (in Hunterdon County).

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    All of the above, plus recognition as a major supporter of the project in the book, on the website, on Facebook, and everywhere else we can (tastefully) thank you for making this project happen

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