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I was a kid who liked vegetables and always wanted a garden so I think I would have really liked this wonderful bilingual (English & Spanish) picture book, all about it except for the one thing I wasn’t sure about now either: Erin, the girl in the story, looks sort of old, old enough to possibly not appeal to a preschool audience, though school aged kids can enjoy and learn from a book like this, and it probably is aimed at them.The illustrations are otherwise lovely, and I especially liked the paintings of the individual vegetables and fruits.The story is told in English and in Spanish- each page has a passage in English and then those same words are provided in Spanish, but even though English comes first, Spanish doesn’t look like a second-class citizen- this is a truly bilingual book, every page, including the title page. The only information not provided in Spanish, and this is a huge shame, are the description of the book inside and the author’s bio, which are on the inside front cover, and the and illustrator’s bio, which is on the inside back cover. But one plus is that each have a photo of themselves when they were young children vs. how they look at the time of this book’s creation. Nice touch!Even if kids don’t like vegetables and don’t have an overriding interest in food gardening, they can enjoy this story of a young girl (I wish she looked a bit younger) whose parents don’t encourage her wish to garden, but whose next door neighbor older man offers her an opportunity to do so, to the practical and emotional benefit of them both.If kids don’t know from which food pickles are made, they will by the end of this book. Both the story and pictures make the vegetables and fruits look delectable (in my opinion) and the friendship story is heartwarming.This is a great book for English-Spanish and Spanish-English learning and is engaging in its own right.