Candace Cameron Bure, how does your garden grow?

Moms and dads, you might recognize Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner, the character she played on the hit TV show "Full House" back in the '80s and '90s. These days, in addition to acting, Bure is a New York Times bestselling author who penned her first children's book, Candace Center Stage, in 2018.

In her new picture book, Grow, Candace, Grow, Bure welcomes young readers back into Candace’s fictional world. The author connected with us via Amazon Chime (sound familiar, Amazonians?) to read through her latest release.

In this beautifully illustrated storybook, spunky, pigtailed Candace couldn’t be more excited that springtime has sprung. After all, the new season means it’s time for picnics, swirly dresses, and, best of all, flowers!

Read along with the author, as she shares what happens when Candace gets just a little too excited about growing a classroom garden. First, Candace and her classmates dig little holes in the dirt, plant the seeds, and water the soil. But, after just a few days, when the seedlings don’t sprout, Candace decides to “help” the garden along.

Despite Candace’s best intentions, the garden doesn’t grow as she’d hoped. But thanks to her teacher, Candace and the other students learn a valuable lesson: Gardens need more than just soil, sunlight, and water to grow. Do you know what else you need to grow plants and flowers? That’s right, you need plenty of patience.

And when you nurture a garden with all of those things, you’ll be rewarded—just like Candace was—with beautiful blooms and maybe even butterflies, too.

Kids’ corner

Let’s talk about what we read!
After you’ve finished watching the read-along, kids and grown-ups can sit down together to talk through these questions about Grow, Candace, Grow. Remember, there’s no such thing as a wrong answer. Just like Candace and her classmates, we’re all learning as we go!

  • What do you think it means to be patient?
  • Can you think back to a time when you had to be patient? What did that feel like?
  • Do you remember what Candace and her friends needed to plant their garden?
  • When Candace was feeling sad, how did her hamster friend Harry help her feel better?
  • Have you ever helped someone feel happier when they were feeling sad?
  • If you had a garden, what would you want to plant? Veggies? Flowers? Fruits?

Let’s get growing!
Wouldn’t it be fun to plant a garden, just like Candace and her classmates did? In this video tutorial, Matt, an Amazon horticulturist (that’s a fancy word for someone who studies plants), shows you how you can start your own pollinator garden. With just a handful of supplies and a little patience, you and your family can create a backyard plot that’ll attract bees and butterflies.

Virtual Kids Week activities are intended for children with involvement from a parent or guardian.