The curious garden /
Peter Brown.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
9780316015479
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009.
isbn
9780316015479
abstract
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.
catalogue key
6912960
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Georgia Children's Picture StoryBook Award, USA, 2011 - 2012 : Nominated
North Carolina Children's Book Award, USA, 2011 : Nominated
Volunteer State Book Award, USA, 2011 - 2012 : Nominated
Young Hoosier Book Award, USA, 2011 - 2012 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-03-23:
Brown's (Chowder) latest is a quiet but stirring fable of urban renewal, sure to capture imaginations. In exploring his bleak city neighborhood, thoughtful Liam-in Brown's warm, almost fuzzy acrylic spreads, he looks a little like a friendly, redheaded wooden puppet-notices that some flowering plants have appeared on an old elevated railway track. He teaches himself to care for them ("The flowers nearly drowned and he had a few pruning problems, but the plants patiently waited while Liam found better ways of gardening"), and the garden responds by "growing restless. It wanted to explore." In one of several wordless spreads, Liam stands against a bright blue sky, surrounded by a thick patch of daisies. Spring brings a burst of new energy: "the tough little weeds and mosses set out first. They popped up farther and farther from the railway.... but the most surprising things that popped up were the new gardeners." In Brown's utopian vision, the urban and the pastoral mingle to joyfully harmonious effect-especially on the final pages, which show a city filled with rooftop gardens, fantastic topiaries, windmills and sparkling ponds. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
This item was reviewed in:
Publishers Weekly, March 2009
School Library Journal, April 2009
Booklist, May 2009
USA Today, May 2009
Horn Book Guide, June 2009
New York Times Full Text Review, October 2009
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Summaries
Main Description
This gorgeously illustrated picture book opens to a detailed spread of a gray city. If you look closely, you can spot the tiny figure of a red-headed boy, Liam, walking down the street. THE CURIOUS GARDEN tells the story of how this young boy discovers a door that leads up to abandoned railroad tracks where he finds a forgotten garden. He cares for the plants and helps them flourish, and they gradually spread throughout the city, transforming it, bit by bit, into a lush, green world. With spare text and breathtaking illustrations, and a classic feel reminiscent of THE LITTLE HOUSE and MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL, this is a magical picture book about the power that one small person can have to transform the world.
Description for Library
Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.
Main Description
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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