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During his spring visit, Granda helps Jody plant runner beans and teaches her how to care for them. The two keep in touch by telephone as the plants develop, with Granda giving more instructions as the plants mature. Detailed watercolor and ink illustrations by Judith Allibone not only chronicle the development in the garden but also warmly present other important family events such as the arrival of Jody's new sibling. Jody also learns how to pick, trim, cook and serve the beans, not to mention how to save some seeds for next year. Thinning, supporting and watering the plants are important concepts that are clearly shown in this delightful book for interested youngsters. Ages 3-7.
— Nancy H. McCray