Children in the Kitchen – Lettuce Help

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I recently started to review books for NetGalley. One of my interests in cooking is enjoyably sharing my knowledge with the next generations. Time spent in the kitchen with young people creates an opportunity for laughter and creativity.

The first book I want to share with you is about children and gardening. I should have shared it earlier in the planting season, but maybe you can remember it as a birthday present or holiday present that your grandchildren and you can share during the next planting time or when your child or grandchild has become particularly bossy.

Lettuce Help

by S.M.R. Saia


First-grader Gertie Green has the spunk of Junie B. and the literal mind of Amelia Bedelia. This chapter book series for ages 6 to 9 sets funny stories, life lessons, and unexpected resolutions to the problems of growing up against a backdrop of gardening, healthy eating, and a very special grandparent-grandchild relationship. Each book features a different vegetable as a key part of the story and includes growing information for young gardeners. 

When Grandma Trudy doesn’t volunteer to help in the school garden club, Gertie is the only one there who knows EVERYTHING about growing vegetables. She tries to help her friends, but soon they’re calling her a bossy know-it-all. Her best friend Janie says that sometimes you have to just wait and see how things are going to turn out. But how can something turn out all right if it starts out all wrong?

This is the third book in the Gertie in the Garden series.

And this is my review:

Lettuce Help” by S.M.R. Sala is a charming children’s book that seamlessly blends the themes of gardening and positive behavior. The story follows a young girl named Gertie who is planting a garden at school. Along the way, Gertie learns important lessons about kindness, patience, and responsibility.

One of the things I love about “Lettuce Help” is how it uses the process of gardening to teach valuable life lessons. As Gertie tends to her plants, she learns the importance of being patient and caring for something over time. She also learns the value of kindness and how it can make a real difference in the world.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful, bringing the story to life in a way that will captivate young readers. The text is also well-written and easy to understand, making it a great book for younger children. 

Overall, I highly recommend “Lettuce Help” to anyone looking for a fun and engaging children’s book that teaches important lessons about behavior and gardening. It’s a delightful read that both children and adults will enjoy.

33 responses to “Children in the Kitchen – Lettuce Help”

  1. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles.!/supermegawoman!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    This book sounds wonderful. Kids and parents/grandparents will love it. I love the description of Gertie.

  2. V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
    V.M.Sang says:

    Lovely review. I, too,believe in getting kids involved. Mine had a bit of garden each that they were allowed to grow whatever they liked. Daughter grew flowers. Son grew veg.
    They also helped in the kitchen, but although she is now an excellent cook, it was my son who seemed to enjoy it more. He was (and still is when visiting) always in the kitchen when I was cooking. He won first prize at the local show for his jam tarts, made from scratch and not bought pastry, and he made up a recipe he called Nectar Cakes. (Recipe in my cookery book, Viv’s Family Recipes. You can find it on my website,

  3. Chef Mimi – As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!
    Chef Mimi says:

    Really good to know! Thanks!

  4. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    It sounds like a very special book, I loved to cook with my grands when they were little! I have a grandson who is now 11 and wants to be a chef!

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes – Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!
    angiesrecipes says:

    This sounds like a fun and educational read. It’s so important to get children involve in gardening and understanding where the food comes from.

  6. Hi Bernadette, this sounds like a lovely book for children. Thank you for your review.

  7. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, chocolate, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. I cook from scratch, and try not to use anything that has ingredients I cannot pronounce! After many years of daily serving up local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most full-fat dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies, and I try to educated myself about our food sources! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    Sounds like a really good book! Thanks for the review Bernie!

  8. I just love this on so many levels! The book sounds like a real gem for anyone seeking to get kids interested in the process of gardening. More than ever, young people need to understand where food comes from, and to have life lessons built into the story as well is awesome!

    This sounds like a fun new adventure for you! Can’t wait to see what you review next. 🙂

    • You are right Terrie, it is very important to get those kids involved in thinking about the food chain. I have a fun kid’s cookbook review coming up in time for Halloween. You always can figure out what I am up too.

  9. I’d buy that book just for the title. It’s so fun – LETTUCE HELP, indeed. I agree, asking children (grandchildren) to join us in our gardening endeavors is win/win. My guy and I have done that with the younger ones, and we “pay” the older ones to water and weed while we’re away. As I say, win/win. 🙂

  10. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    Thanks for the great review – I’ll check it out for possible Christmas gifts!

  11. D. Wallace Peach – 30 Miles beyond the edge of civilization, Oregon – I'm an adventurer in writing, peering under rocks in my garden for secret magic. I can't stop writing. My stories want to explode from my head. They demand my attention and surge from my fingertips faster than I can put them to paper. I love what I do.
    D. Wallace Peach says:

    I try to get my grandson interested in gardening, Bernadette. He’d rather play video games, but he helps a little. The part he likes best is harvesting the vegetables he’s planted. The sense of satisfaction and the direct connection to the foods he eats is priceless. For some “mysterious” reason, they taste better too. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  12. PurplePumpernickel – I am a MostlyVegetarian, AspiringWriter & StayHomeMomWife, who plays, eats & runs in Singapore. I am still waiting to Grow Up.
    Ju-Lyn says:

    Thank you for the introduction to a charming book – we love to gift books to children and I look forward to your reviews! We don’t have a strong gardening culture in Singapore for lack of space and opportunity, so all the more important for them to see other worlds in books.

  13. Retirement Reflections – Vancouver Island, BC – Prior to retirement, I lived and worked in Beijing China for fourteen years (Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing). Leaving international life behind, my husband and I retired to Vancouver Island in June 2015. To document both this transition and our new adventures, ‘Retirement Reflections’ was born. I hope that you enjoy reading these reflections, and will be willing to share your own.
    Retirement Reflections says:

    This sounds like a great book. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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