Mystery Vine for Story Time

My goodness! It has been a very long time since I posted on this site. But it's SPRING! Time for planting seeds in the garden!
Vanessa Wauchope Welstead, founder and owner of Sensible Sitters, has made a wonderful video for story time----with Mystery Vine! I don't know how to "embed"---so click here to watch: STORY TIME: MYSTERY VINE FUN!

Pumpkin Apple Bread

Here's the recipe from the back pages of Mystery Vine. It's a great time of year to make this yummy Pumpkin Apple Bread!

Surprise Cudos

The CCBC -- Cooperative Children's Book Center just named Mystery Vine their Book of the Week! I'm humbly honored!


Mystery Vine:
By Cathryn Falwell
Greenwillow Books
ISBN 9780061771989 (Bookstore)
ISBN 9780061771972 (Library)
Hardcover, $17.99

Journey with a family through the garden's growing season and watch the mystery of an unmarked seed grow from sprout, to twining vine, to yellow blossoms to orange...(can't give away the mystery quite yet!)

Gardening, Cooking and Craft Activities on the final pages.

"'s a great choice to help prepare children for the fun and fruitfulness of gardening." --Kirkus Reviews

VIEW the inside pages of MYSTERY VINE.

FIND indoor gardening & craft projects from the book.


Welcome Pumpkin Patch Owners!

Free Pumpkin Coloring Sheet
We know you see a lot of kids and families each Fall. To help those families think about your patch throughout the year, I thought I would offer you a Pumpkin Coloring Sheet with your logo on it. (To get a closer look at the coloring sheet, click on the image to the left.)

To receive a coloring sheet with your logo, simply email your logo (.jpeg or .tiff, 300 dpi or higher) to and Kirsten will send you back a PDF for you to print and distribute. If you do not have a logo, email her your business name and we will make you a PDF with your name.

Carry MYSTERY VINE at Your Patch
If you would like to carry this new picture book on the pumpkin growing season at your location, you can download a HarperCollins Order Form HERE.

(Orders of 5+ copies receive a 50% discount. Orders of 30+ copies receive Free Freight.)


DOWNLOAD an activity for your classroom, library, or event to fill a seed packet with anything you would like to grow. Seeds? Stories? It is up to you!


I created this prop from felt and scraps for story time at bookstores and libraries. This mystery vine can "grow" as the story unfolds.

CONTACT Kirsten at Curious City to book an event. She can be reached at 207-699-2755 or