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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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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.
Media: acrylic and gouache ( )
  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 |
I really liked this book. I thought that the author and the illustrator did a wonderful job of portraying the emotion of the text through the pictures. For example, when the book begins all of the illustrations are very dreary and dark in color. This is because the book starts out by saying, “There once was a city without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind.” Once Liam starts gardening, the illustrations come to life and become very bright in color. I also really liked how Brown turned what could have been a very boring informational text about helping the community and saving the environment, into a more enjoyable fun narrative. I also really enjoyed reading the authors note at the end of the book. It was neat to find out that the author wrote this book based on his own personal experiences. He lived in the city himself and was able to share his experience in a child-friendly way. His overall message of the story was to take care of our planet and help the community. I liked how in the story it begins with just Liam being the only one to go outside and garden and ends with “But the most surprising things that popped up were the new gardeners. Many years later, the entire city had blossomed.” This shows that one small act of kindness can go a long way. Overall I thought that this was a very good read. ( )
  Morgan.McDaniel | Mar 1, 2016 |
I absolutely adore this story for numerous reasons. One, the little boy, Liam, decides he wants to make a difference in his town by making a drab area into a beautiful garden. Children could learn a lot by following not only the story, but Liam's footsteps. This story could help boost children's confidence with sticking to things they set their mind to, even when the going gets tough. The bright illustrations really set the mood of the story, as well. When the town is drab and ugly, the pictures are dark and sad looking. When Liam builds the garden, the pictures brighten up. Finally, I also love how the story takes breaks from text and often has pages with just pictures. This give the reader a chance to guess what the next scene may be and it can be exciting to see if you are correct. This is a super cute story and I love love love it! ( )
  lhutch3 | Feb 21, 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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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:33 -0400)

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

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