Eddie's Toolbox And How to Make and Mend Things by Sarah Garland

Eddie's Toolbox And How to Make and Mend Things

Written by Sarah Garland

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Gets the kids engaged! Practical activities and how to do them are at the heart of this attractive picture book. When new neighbours move in next door, Eddie gets involved in fixing things. He learns how to saw and hammer; he makes a lovely boat for his little sister’s bath. Best of all, he helps to make a beautiful bird table. Soon the garden is full of birds and Eddie feels great satisfaction in enabling them to feed in safety.

New in paperback, another book in the highly successful series in which Eddie learns practical skills. Including practical tips for budding craftspeople, it will appeal to both boys and girls.


Eddie's Toolbox And How to Make and Mend Things by Sarah Garland

When new neighbours move in next door, Eddie is disappointed that there is a new friend for his sister but not for him. But then Tom needs help putting up shelves in the kitchen and asks Eddie to help him as his little girl and Eddie's sister explore the garden together. Soon Eddie is learning to use a saw and hammer and is screwing in hooks to hang cups. Eddie's sister hates bathtime, so Eddie uses some leftover wood to make her a boat to play with in the bath. Next day, as the two families share a picnic lunch in the garden, a cat attacks a sparrow trying to eat the crumbs from the table. So Eddie and Tom decide to build a bird table for the sparrows to eat in safety. Soon Eddie is making and mending all sorts of things around the house.

This delightful story about two families becoming friends as seen through Eddie's eyes also includes practical instructions to make some of the things Eddie learns to make. A delightful companion to Eddie's Kitchen and Eddie's Garden, this book will appeal to all children fascinated by tools and making things, and to fans of 'Bob the Builder'.


'Delightful' – Green Parent

'Lovely' – Armadillo

‘Garland is one of the best and most sympathetic chroniclers of English family life precisely because her pencil doesn't lie about the slog of bringing up children. She has a loving, unsentimental eye.’ - Kate Kellaway, The Observer

The Guardian on Eddie’s Garden: ‘Garland has done her homework, and there are hard facts to substantiate her story, woven through the text, in the detail of the warm-hearted illustrations, and in an appendix adults will find helpful in supporting their curriculum planning.’

The Spectator on Eddie’s Kitchen: ‘The perfect way to introduce a five or six year old to helping make a few simple but satisfying dishes.’

About the Author

Sarah Garland

Sarah Garland is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. During her childhood in the New Forest and in recent years she has concentrated on growing a very wide variety of herbs to use in her kitchen, and to treat minor ailments.

She lives in Chedworth, Gloucestershire.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

2nd August 2012




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