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First Lady Michelle Obama will soon begin planting the third season of her organic garden on the South Lawn of the White House (yes, spring is coming). But this year, in between tending the kale, carrots, and tomatoes, she'll have to make time for writing. The First Lady has landed a publishing deal to write a book about the garden and her "Let's Move!" campaign to improve children's health with exercise and fresh foods. The garden has taken on a life of itself since she first broke ground -- last year it yielded more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce.
"We wanted to share the story with the rest of the nation and perhaps with the rest of the world," Mrs. Obama told the Associated Press. "We get so many questions about the garden: How did we do it? Why did we do it? How do I do this in my own home or community?" The book will also contain recipes, she says.
The book is currently untitled and due out in April 2012. Crown Publishing Group will release it as a hardcover featuring illustrations of the garden through the seasons and "inspirational, instructional" text, the publisher says. "I hope it will be a beautiful book, as well," Mrs. Obama told the Associated Press. "Maybe if you're a local gardener yourself, you'll be drawn by the pictures of the garden in its various stages throughout the seasons. If you're a kid, maybe you'll pick up the book and read along with your teachers, and look at how we've incorporated young people in our garden."
Presidential wives penning books for causes is nothing new. Laura Bush co-wrote a picture book with daughter Jenna about a reluctant reader called "Read All About it!," while Hilary Clinton wrote the best-selling "It Takes a Village" to address the importance of community in raising children. But this is the first to include an "enhanced" multimedia e-book.
As for the profits? Mrs. Obama won't get a dime. No book advance here; all proceeds will go to to-be-determined charities. Just a guess: farm-to-school programs?