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By: Sue Hazeldine

The Garden Gnomes

Pages: 72 Ratings: 5.0
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Introduce your little ones to the magic of wildlife gardening in the company of the garden gnomes Graham, Dando and Spottiswode.


Meet the real garden gnomes whose job it is to tend the garden. They find their way to my garden which is straggly and wild. They help to make it just right to attract insects, birds and animals who come to live there. Find the gnomes’ secrets in their garden shed. Make your own garden perfect for wildlife! 

Sue Hazeldine was Assistant Education Officer at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge. She wrote Ecosystems for Channel 4 (nominated for a Times Educational Supplement Book Award) and the environment-friendly book for all the family, First Aid for a Wounded World. She lives in Gloucestershire with a border collie and a very wild garden!

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  • Sue Scott

    A charming story about the lives of 3 magical garden gnomes, ostensibly written for children but with a very clear message. The illustrations are bold and colourful and will attract young readers. In our modern world, people of all ages are interested in the environment. The author Sue Haztldine manages to weave into the story issues about wildlife conservation in a way that will engage as well as inform children and will enthuse them into starting projects that they can help their parents to complete

  • Jean Dabinett

    A team of gnomes find a sadly neglected garden the perfect place for their way of life. They are not afraid of hard work (or worms), they have plenty of experience and knowledge, of how-to and how not to. Before long the garden is transformed, everything is under control – plants are flourishing and all kinds of creatures enjoy living there or visiting. The author tells the story with a light touch and has added some tips for anyone ready to follow the Gnomes’ example. I especially enjoyed her illustrations. The gnomes are so bright and lively they nearly jump off the page and the wildlife visitors are beautifully drawn.

  • Caroline

    I want some of Sue's gnomes living at the bottom of my garden! They're charming and endearing, and would certainly help to keep my garden wildlife-friendly. Sue has created an enchanting and gentle introduction for young children into caring for our natural world. The illustrations are delightful and the gnomes have lovely, contrasting characters which will have the readers rooting for them, and then cheering at the end. A great story that doesn't force its message upon you.

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