Author: Sarah Dillard
Meet Violet, Tigerlily, Hyacinth, Petunia, Junebug, and Cricket, six new Mouse Scouts who are trustworthy and strong, thrifty and brave . . . and destined to be friends to the end! Best friends Violet and Tigerlily can’t wait to start earning their merit badges. But their troop leader, Miss Poppy, is one strict rodent. And earning their first badge—planting a vegetable garden—is hard work. Will the troop drive unwanted pests from the garden and earn their Sow It and Grow It badge? And will they ever get Miss Poppy to smile?
The first thing I said when I open the package with these books in it was “These are so cute!”. Just the cover and coloring was adorable. Yes they were “girly” colors but they weren’t flashy shiny pink. They have such soft pretty colors! Actually they almost look retro with the coloring, lettering and illustrations.
Ok now about what was after the cover! This was just a fun little story with a nice message. The girls have to work hard, and work together to get their garden to grow and to solve problems that crop (see what I did there!) up like bugs and lack of water. It was nicely done with ideas coming in different ways. The girls didn’t always see eye-to-eye on what to do, but in the end they worked it out.
I really kinda liked that Miss Poppy was stern and almost crabby. I know it’s weird to like that, but I was glad it didn’t fall into the pattern of the overly sweet troop leader that teaches them everything. Instead, because of how Miss Poppy is, the girls step up and figure things out themselves. Much better!
Final thought: Cute series that will appeal to young girl readers – especially those in Daisy Scouts!