The Little Gardeners Series

My lifelong passion for horticulture and art inspired “The Little Gardeners” series for children. Each book delivers a lesson or message, and a journey that children can learn from. In this series, I have endeavored to captivate and entertain the reader, as well as the listener. The characters are among those I have encountered in my gardens, those I have had as pets over many years, and some are merely imaginary.

“Peep” is an ancient little bluebird. He is the main character in this series, cultivated from my childhood. Peep is the essential host who engages with the other characters to educate and entertain the audience. He is a problem solver and a teacher, dedicated to educating the audience about fun outdoor activities, environmental issues, good values, and friendship among all living creatures.

I created the entire series, and completed all of the illustrations in pen and watercolor. I truly hope that you and your children will be entertained, and educated, by Peep and all of his friends. – Carol Hopkins

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In this initial entry in the series, “Miss Lady Bug” and all of the other little gardeners introduce themselves and explain their purposes in the garden. However, Peep is the teacher and problem solver, dedicated to teaching children about fun outdoor activities, safety, environmental issues, good values, and friendship among all living things.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Butterflies” is a beautiful rhyme teaching children the stages of a butterfly unfolding in full color. My inspiration to write this little rhyme came from watching a butterfly while drinking my morning coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Chester Learns to Fly” is the touching story of a caterpillar who is afraid of becoming a butterfly, because he is afraid to fly. So his friends, Peep and Mr. Dragonfly, hatch a big plan to help him. In the process, Peep narrowly avoids disaster, while showing off his flying skills to Chester.

 

 

 

 

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“Together We Can Do It” is a story about Jack, and a few little gardeners, overcoming their physical challenges. Peep organizes his friends to come together as a team, and succeeds in planting a garden.

 

 

 

 

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When “Peep Goes Sailing,” he and Pat the pelican encounter the tragedy of pollution. After the dive, Pat is traumatized by a plastic ring that gets tangled around his bill. Peep is frantic when he realizes that he can’t help Pat, until Nipper the crab comes to the rescue. Later, Peep and Pat sail with Captain Jack and discover the beauty of the ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

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In “Hitching a Ride”, Peep follows his dream to visit Big Sur, California, meets up with a California Condor, and learns all about the endangered species.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Halloween” is a story about the Peepster and his gardening friends who gather for a Halloween celebration. A spooky story is told by the Little Gardener keeping everyone on their seats until Chester plays a trick that scares them all.

 

 

 

 

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“Thomas the Turkey” is a story about the little gardeners who rescue Thomas the Turkey from Thanksgiving dinner.Thomas is grateful, but shocked, after he sees what he has turned into.

 

 

 

 

 

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 In “Christmas in the Garden,” the little gardeners gather to celebrate Christmas in their own special way. This story encourages children to appreciate love among friends and the value of giving.

 

 

 

 

 

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“O Christmas Tree” is a story about the little gardeners and their journey to find a magical tree. On their journey, they learn to appreciate the blessings of friendship, and the spirit of Christmas.

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “The Little Gardeners Series

  1. Looking at my website it reminds me some of my accomplishments. I’m proud of myself, not ever having a lesson in art and a self-learner of everything I do including publishing my own books. I may not be famous or a familiar name but one day I hope to have many people recognize my style and enjoy my stories. I enjoy sharing my art displayed on the right to my visitors never offering to sell any of them. I just enjoy writing and painting whatever comes to me. My children’s books were a challenge when it came drawing faces. Poor little Jack in “Together We Can Do It” he looks like he had a hard day but offers a message to children.

  2. Coming up with many ideas for a new series. Self-promoting is a tough way to go but people will catch on eventually.

  3. My books are complete for this series. I have another series I will start as soon as soon as my writer’s block leaves. Having many stories in my mind I can not get started. grrr.

  4. Just getting back “The Groundskeeper” from my editor with many changes to make. This book has been through a few beta readers and two editors both with different ideas. I will take my time on this one.

  5. Working on the final book of the series. Not a good idea to put your painting skills away. I have repeated a few pictures due to out of practice. A new series will be started after volume 14 is completed. Peep will still be our rockstar.

  6. Today is one of those days when nothing goes right. I need to put my brushes down and go away for awhile how to end “Veterans Day in the Garden.” These critters saluting our flag are not cooperating. Chester is the most stubborn.

  7. I would like to meet new authors and have fun with our struggles of writing or whatever it may be. My latest project is writing and illustrating children’s books. There is nothing I love more is the four seasons and the change of smell in the air that reminds us what time of year it is. Gardening makes me happy and what you reap from all your hard work.

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