Carl in the Garden

by Molly Sanchez
Rated 4.9 out of 5

Lovely Picture Book Biography

Rated 5 out of 5
August 22, 2020

Well-written, with lots of great information about Carl Linnaeus, yet child friendly and engaging. Beautiful pictures with the recurring inspiring message to never give up.

Lezlie-Anne I

Great botany unit companion

Rated 5 out of 5
August 10, 2020

I love books that bring history and science to life. Here’s the story of the man that created taxonomy, the system of classifying and naming organisms. My kids enjoyed learning the story of the person behind the names. My 10 yo, who loves learning about the medicinal properties of plants, thought it was neat that Carl was a botanist and a doctor and that he used plants to help people heal. I enjoyed the message of Carl’s persistence to learn and to attain his dreams. The illustrations are beautiful!

Danielle B

Interesting and Engaging

Rated 5 out of 5
July 16, 2020

We really liked this book. Molly Sanchez did a great job teaching us about Carl Linnaeus in an interesting and engaging way. My kids enjoyed the illustrations and fun facts, especially how friends would share their reindeer milk with Carl while he was a poor lecturer.

Ann M.

Educational and Interesting

Rated 5 out of 5
July 9, 2020

It felt like we were just enjoying a story but we all learned a lot too. Highly recommended for all ages – especially with the botany science lessons.


Kid and mom approved!

Rated 5 out of 5
July 2, 2020

My kids and I read this beautiful book together. We loved the gorgeous artwork and my kids really admired the determination and hard work of Carl Linnaeus. Educational and beautiful!

Mackenzie S
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Picture Book for All Ages

Have you ever wondered where plant names come from? More than three hundred years ago, a little boy was born who would forever change the way that plants were named. Born in Sweden, Carl Linnaeus was fascinated by the many plants around him, and he thought up a way of naming and grouping plants together that is still used today. He even discovered many new plants along the way. Filled with beautiful illustrations, Carl in the Garden tells the story of one boy who opened a whole new world to those who came after him just by doing what he loved.

18 pages, full-color, 11″x8.5″

This book is an optional read-aloud for our Botany science unit and is included in the optional Botany Read-Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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