Bookworm Gardens

Aside from Shalom Wild Animal Zoo, Owen wanted to take Uncle Andy to see Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan.  He said it was so beautiful; he almost died when he went there on a school field trip.

Son-in-love George gave Andy a birthday present that we really needed.  I can’t remember what it is called, but it is a little post with a wheel on the bottom that attaches to the tongue of the tow dolly.  Now we don’t have to pick it up! We can simply roll it around. I am so happy and it wasn’t even my birthday. George wanted to hook the dolly up and pull it around to make sure the lug nuts on the wheels stayed tight.  So we hooked it up to Jennifer’s van and headed to Bookworm Gardens with the tow dolly rattling along behind us.

It was fabulous, a children’s fantasy land where stories come to life. I won’s say too much about it because I took so many photos and each of them is worth a thousand words.

B01 Bookworm Gardens Gate

b02 Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk. The Giant must have hit the ground head first.

Owen and Cam were enamored with this small sculpture of two children reading a book.  We passed it several times and they stopped to admire it each time.

b03 Sculpture Children Reading

b04 Kinetic Sculpture
Kinetic Sculpture
b05 Playhouse for Monsters
Playhouse for Monsters
b06  Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hatches the Egg
b07 Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie

There was a little house, but the boys were more interested in the covered wagon.

I didn’t notice if the gazebo was related to a book or just beautiful.

b08 Picnic Arbor

b09 Owl
b10 Curious George and the Pizza
Curious George and the Pizza

One of my favorite books as a child.  It might be hard to spot Charlotte to the left of center above the  beam. Of course, she wanted the spotlight on Wilbur the pig.

b11 Charlotte's Web
Charlotte’s Web

b12 Cow in Barnyard

Cam was expressing his engineer genes. He was absolutely fascinated by the typewriter in the barn.  He had no idea what it was but was intent on figuring out how to work it. I told him it was how people sent texts to people before computers and cell phones. He hit every key and returned the carriage many times before standing up to watch the letter strike.  Jennifer had to drag him away.

b13 Cam and Typewriter in Barn
Cam and Typewriter in Barn

Then he found the water pump outside the barn and tried to figure out how to get some water.  The pump was apparently not functional.  A sign said don’t drink the water.

b14 Cam and Water Pump
Cam and Water Pump

Owen and Jennifer found a patch of tiny mushrooms.

b15 Jennifer and Owen w Mushrooms

b21 Johnny Appleseed
Waiting for Cam in a Johnny Appleseed orchard.
b16 Owen in Cheese Sail on Bread Boat
Owen in Cheese Sail on a slice-of-bread Boat

b17 Jennifer and Cam w Bookworm

b18 Sneaking up on Papa
Sneaking up on Papa
b19 Waterlilly
Waterlilly in Fish Pond
b20 Grass
Sun on Grass
b22 Snake on Tree
Snake on Tree
b23 Bat Sculpture
b24 Gazebo Tree House
Gazebo Tree House Off Cliff
b25 Gift Shop and Restrooms
Gift Shop and Restrooms
b27 Magic School Bus
Magic School Bus
b26 Magic School Bus
Cam was driving and Owen was Operating the Doors. Miss Frizzle was nowhere in sight.

b28 Jennifer Crossing Bridge

b29 Three Little Pigs
Three Little Pigs

b30 Cam and House

When we got back to the van, George checked the lug nuts to make sure they were tight.

b31 George Checking Tow Dolly Lug Nuts

What a delightful park! I didn’t take any pictures of them, but there were also a number of real books for the children to take off shelves and read. There were many more books represented than I show here.


14 thoughts on “Bookworm Gardens

  1. milliethom August 30, 2016 / 3:59 am

    What a fabulous post about a fabulous place. No wonder the children loved it (as well as you, of course 🙂 ). There’s more that enough there to keep Cam and Owen intrigued for the day. The curiosity of children… Love the photos of Cam with the typewriter. All your photos are wonderful!


    • Dinata Misovec August 30, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Thank you. Isn’t it such a clever idea? I probably took a dozen pictures of Cam inspecting the typewriter. For a two year old, he was very intent on studying it.


      • milliethom September 2, 2016 / 3:33 pm

        Sorry about this late reply Dinata, but our Internet deserted us soon after I saw your comment and didn’t give me chance! I still have a few of your posts to read, i think – hopefully, soon now we’re back online.


      • Dinata Misovec September 2, 2016 / 10:20 pm

        not a problem. I am so far behind with blog reading and Facebook and email. I just can’t keep up! So I understand when things are late (or even overlooked) by others. I don’t know how some do it. Maybe they don’t really. Else, they don’t have a real life!


      • milliethom September 4, 2016 / 4:14 pm

        I find it so hard to balance my writing with blogging etc. and having a life at the same time. It’s usually my writing that suffers – which shouldn’t be the case. Perhaps some people don’t have a real life – just a virtual one online. We like to get out and about. At our age (Almost 70!) it’s time to travel and see places we’ve always wanted to see. My Book 3 is progressing now that I’ve got my flash fiction book on Amazon at last. I’m really concentrating on finishing my trilogy off now. I hope your book is ‘getting there’, too.


      • Dinata Misovec September 4, 2016 / 11:38 pm

        Now that I am (mostly) finished with the book, I try to read some blogs every evening but living that life and exploring come first. I am anxiously awaiting the third book! I’ll be the first to buy it, Millie. I downloaded the flash fiction a few days ago, but have not started reading it yet. My reading stack had built up somewhat over the past few months. Also, I’ve been reading some about microbes, our microbiota, and C-diff that moved to the front of the list, or top of the stack. I don’t know when Big Creek will get out. We are back near the national park, hoping to promote it before winter! This is the most frustrating thing I’ve ever done.


  2. thejuicenut August 30, 2016 / 6:22 am

    Gorgeous! What a great idea and lovely photos 😊


    • Dinata Misovec August 30, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      It was. And, so charming. I think my daughter Jennifer and I were every bit as charmed by it as the boys, since we had read many of the books and know the stories. The place was crawling with families with small children.

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  3. Bulldog Travels August 31, 2016 / 11:29 am

    This place looks like a lot of fun. We have a similar park here in Sacramento called Fairytaletown that I went to as a child. It is still popular with kids today.


  4. Deborah Whitaker September 1, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    What an awesome place! Your grandchildren looked like they enjoyed it very much! I think even I would enjoy visiting this place! Thanks for sharing!


    • Dinata Misovec September 2, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      You are welcome. Are you in the park now? We are in an RV park in Newport. Haven’t been to visit the park yet as we are too busy with chores and errands.


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