First Peas to the Table: How Thomas Jefferson Inspired a School Garden by Susan Grigsby
Maya and other students in Ms. Hopkins class study techniques used by Thomas Jefferson as they grow pea plants and compete to see whose will produce a bowl full of peas first.
I thought of this book when I heard a piece on the radio about recreating the vegetable gardens at Monticello. If you follow the link, you can see photographs of the modern-day garden. The author and illustrator also made an earlier picture book about history and gardening: In the Garden with Doctor Carver. If you’re intrigued by these, you might also want to check out Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas for another taste of history and science.