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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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There are many reasons why I like this book. First, the illustrations are impeccable. The words go right along with the pictures and this helps young readers visualize what they are reading, making the comprehension much easier. Second, I really like the way Peter Brown decided to write the story. Instead of writing a boring, informational book about “saving our planet”, he decided to go with a narrative approach. The story is cute, simple, and easy to read. I really liked reading the author’s note at the end of the story because Brown explains how he used his own personal experiences (living in the city) to develop a story that would be child-friendly and engaging. The idea of this story is to show young readers how to take care of the planet we live in. Brown simply shows how by generating a story where the character simply plants flowers and shrubberies. ( )
  bigkristin | Nov 20, 2014 |
In a dreary urban landscape, a nature loving boy starts to nurture plants. He precipitates a revolution of urban gardening, leading to a beautiful new hanging garden of a city. A bit Loraxian. Interesting in how it personifies the garden as an explorer, which is a familiar truth for those of us who fight weeds! ( )
  kradish | Jul 30, 2014 |
This story is about a young boy who lives in a pretty dull city where nothing grows. He stubbles upon a patch of dying plants and decides to begin carrying for them. He tends to the patch and learns more and more about gardening. His garden spreads wild changing the city. People begin to join him in his efforts and the city is transformed. ( )
  azlanshae | May 8, 2014 |
Audience: Pre-K to 3rd grade
This is a wonderful book about a garden that has a mind of its own! It grows unexpectedly, unseen and takes over an abandoned city turning it into an urban forest. Winter cannot destroy it, neither can the inattentiveness of people; in fact it grows even better if left alone. This is true not only for this garden, but for all the natural and wild life on the planet. Human intervention (or interference) only curbs the natural world, it is just fine left to flourish by itself. This book can be used in the classroom to portray the power of nature to reclaim something that humans have discarded and the benefits of having greenery even in concrete urban areas. ( )
  ShantiR | Apr 25, 2014 |
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 |
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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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