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The Curious Garden (2009)

by Peter Brown

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Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.
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Liam lived in a city without any greenery, but he loved to go outside. One day he discovered a stairwell that led up to the tracks of a railway, so Liam ran up the stairs to get on the railway. He noticed a few plants that were dying. Liam then began to take care of the plants and the whole railway began to fill up with more greenery. When winter came, the railway was filled with snow, so Liam could not tend to the plants; he had to wait until spring. Instead of worrying about the plants until spring, Liam bettered his gardening skills. when spring came, all the plants were nearly dead, but Liam was able to nurse them back to good health and eventually the whole railway was consumed with greenery again. This time, the railway wasn't the only place with greenery; the town was filled with greenery thanks to the inspiration of Liam's first garden.

I liked this book. I really like how Liam inspired everyone in the town to start their own gardens which turned a town with no greenery into a green town. I think that shows children that they can do anything they set their mind to regardless of their age because Liam was just a young boy. It also shows students that it starts with one difference. Usually people don't try and make a difference because they think just one person can't make a difference. However, Liam was just one person and he changed the entire town. I definitely think this book will give inspiration to children to be the difference that they want to see in the world. ( )
  m.curtis | Apr 24, 2020 |
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. (less)
  MunsonWilliams | Sep 26, 2019 |
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. (less)
  MunsonWilliams | Sep 26, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this book. it teaches about the environment in a subtle way which is good for elementary school classes when it is important to be careful of what you are reading. The character's curiosity is relatable to children because most are curious and like to explore and discover. This book also helps in encouraging children's wondering minds in a controlled way and puts them to a positive use. another way in which this book is good for schools is it teaches children goals and the high likelihood of achieving them. ( )
  amclau13 | Sep 10, 2019 |
I really liked the idea behind this book because like the boy in the story, I am very concerned about the environment. It really grabbed my attention because as the story went on and the boy's garden grew, his surroundings transformed from gray and dreary to vibrant and colorful. Although the story is lighthearted, there is a real message in that even one person can make a difference if they put the effort and time in to something they are passionate about. In addition to the message it sends, it encourages the reader to think about important social issues like the future of the environment. ( )
  jpozou1 | Sep 4, 2019 |
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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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