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The Curious Garden (original 2009; edition 2009)

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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 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 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316015474, Hardcover)

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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