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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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The Curious Garden by Peter Brown (2009)


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a little boy, Liam, lives in a very gray town but one day he finds a small garden on a railroad track. he takes care of the garden and it soon begins to grow. once the other townspeople see the garden, they decide to garden themselves and eventually the whole town is beautiful and filled with flowers.
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  TUCC | Aug 16, 2016 |
Lovely idea, and, according to the author's note, plausible. But I dunno, something about this didn't quite engage me. Still, I do recommend sharing it with all the children you know - maybe there is a brighter future possible.

ETA: I've learned that rooftop gardens & green-spaces are succeeding. Yay! Therefore this is not a fantasy, therefore I've given the book another star. Also, I guess on some level it engaged me, because I do still think about it sometimes, over a year later. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
In my opinion, this is a great book for an environmental lesson. It would tie in very nicely to a lesson plan. The language is descriptive. "Most people spent their time indoors. As you can imagine, it was a very dreary place." The writing is engaging. "And since Liam had always wanted to explore the tracks, there was only one thing for the curious boy to do." The character is believable. He is like any child who wants to know more and help. "But when he took a closer look, it became clear that the plants were dying. They needed a gardener." The point of view is third person and is Liam. The plot is conflict about how to help the world grow. The illustrations are grey and gloomy. Then is becomes nice and bright. The book pushes readers to see that the world needs our help. ( )
  mgladi1 | Apr 4, 2016 |
This is a good example of realistic fiction because it starts with a boy who wants to have a greener world so he finds a garden that is brown and dying but with some love and care he grows a garden that is full of vibrant colors. The illustrations are amazing and vibrant throughout the book and really catches your eye from dual colors to bright by the end.
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  kschindler | Mar 23, 2016 |
Sarah Durkin
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22 March 2016
Reading Log Entry #21: The Curious Garden by, Peter Brown
I enjoyed reading this book for three main reasons. First, there were charming visuals with a narrative that is full of discovery and hope. The illustrations are very detailed yet capture the reader’s attention, especially when the plants start growing. Second, this book did a good job exploring the environment and the four seasons. There were pages throughout the book where the little boy could not grow his plants because of the weather. Incorporating all of the different seasons shows how much patience a person must have when waiting for plants to grow and what they have to do to keep them alive. Finally, I liked how the book chose to focus on the main characters hobby. For instance, not everyone likes to garden, but it is important for readers to see that doing something that interests you may lead you to good opportunities in the future. The overall message of this story is shown through Liam and how he is cultivating the skills necessary for inner sustainability, self-reliance, and confidence to navigate through the challenges of life. For readers to understand why he portrays these traits is important to because just like Liam, anyone who sets their mind to something can also feel the same way he did.
  SarahDurkin | Mar 16, 2016 |
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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.

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

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