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The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

The Curious Garden (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Peter Brown

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Title:The Curious Garden
Authors:Peter Brown
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
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Tags:fiction, making a difference, p-up

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The Curious Garden by Peter Brown (2009)

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Vivid illustrations depicting one persons small action that results in a city wide change. Fun concept - great of this season of garden prep. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
The Curious Garden taught that even in the city anyone can create a beautiful, luscious garden and make nature an everyday part of their lives. Along with helping to state the importance of nature even in a city, this book shows an entire community work together to make a beautiful thing happen in their city. I really loved this book for many reasons but my favorite was the morals and lessons taught and the illustrations that accompanied the text. The morals taught in the story were numerous but a few of my favorite was instilling the importance of nature and plants into children and telling them that even they can create something beautiful. In the book, a young boy finds an abandoned railway track and finds plants that were dying so he decides that he can save them and begins to care for them. Another moral from this story was the sense of community that it helps build. The boy started to help the plants by himself but soon figures out that he can do much more when people start to help him so he gets his friends and other people in his city to help him build a garden.
The illustrations in this book were tremendous. They are so colorful and really help the plot of the story. The pages of the book do not have a lot of words on them so the pictures in the book are very helpful and help children to understand and imagine the story. For younger children this is great because they can still 'read' the story without having to be able to read the text. The will be able to understand what is going on in the book just from the pictures.
This was a great book that taught many lessons and morals to children and I believe it could be used in a variety of age groups which makes it a great book for a classroom. ( )
  ramber1 | Feb 22, 2014 |
I just absolutely love this book. The illustrations are beautiful. Almost real and surreal at the same time.
Well written and simple but with a strong message - community, caring for the environment, growth, spreading the good and passing it forward. ( )
  auhaddad | Dec 10, 2013 |
This story is a good one to share with young readers, It is a simple way to show them how the small act of taiking care of a garden can have a big impact. The illustrations are whimsical and beautiful. A great book for any young reader.
  Victoria_Martin | Dec 5, 2013 |
Liam loves spending time outside, but he lives in a crowded and dreary city that is mostly covered in concrete. One day Liam discovers flowers growing in the most unusual place and decides to find out how big the small garden can grow. Liam and his curious garden is a an artistically told story that illustrates the transformation of an entire city, largely through the use of pictures. The narrative on each page appears in block text and works in collaboration with the illustrations to tell the Liam’s story. The illustrations are cartoon drawings that initially use little color, but integrate more color as the curious garden grows. The illustrations appear in a variety of ways; including as individual panes, multi-page stand-alone pictures or focal points for isolated events in the story. The story and pictures detail the hard work and dedication of a single boy to bring about community development and environmental activism in his city. This story would be a great center piece for a gardening program for children, especially in an urban environment or in a story hour about the seasons or gardening. Teachers could also incorporate this into lessons on the environment for older children. This book is recommended for purchase for a public library, especially in an urban environment. (Ages 5-10) ( )
  alyssakimpisarski | Nov 3, 2013 |
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Echoing the themes of “The Secret Garden,” it is an ecological fable, a whimsical tale celebrating perseverance and creativity, and a rousing paean, encouraging every small person and every big person that they too can nurture their patch of earth into their very own vision of Eden.
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For my curious grandmother "Petey"
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There one was a city without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind.
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A little boy named Liam, lives in a big city that doesn't have gardens or trees.  Everyone stayed inside, but Liam could be found outside even on rainy days.  One day he found some plant that were trying to grow on some unused railroad tracks, but they needed to be taken care of.  Liam began to take care of the little garden and before long the city was one big garden....and all the people came outdoors!
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One boy's quest for a greener world... one garden at a time.

While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.

This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:14 -0400)

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Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

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