Title: The Curious Garden
Author/Illustrator: Peter Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2009)
Theme: Imagination, Nature/Gardening, Environmentalism
Ages: P and Up
There once was a city without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind.
Most people spent their time indoors. As you can imagine, it was a very dreary place.
However, there was one boy who loved being outside.
Amazon’s Synopsis: 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.
National Geographic: Create your own mini garden
Kidsgardening.org has info on creating a kids’ garden
Communitygarden.org has a great site with information links on gardening in the inner city
The White House has a neat youtube video about the garden there, it’s history and it’s current state.
Why I like this book: I love the message of this book. To be more green, especially in cities is a challenge that all of us need to address. Liam turns a gloomy town into one full of brightness and joy. This book is a wonderful starter in introducing the concept to small children. The illustrations are magical. This book is a treasure!
Here is an adorable interview with Peter Brown by Jack Fisher from CBOMC
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