The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

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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.
 

About Peter Brown

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Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.
 
Published April 1, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Liam, a curious little boy who likes to be outside, lives in a city “without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind.” One day, while exploring an abandoned elevated railbed, he discovers a small patch of weeds and wildflowers.

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Liam, a curious little boy who likes to be outside, lives in a city "without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind."

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The New York Times

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A quietly marvelous picture book inspired by Manhattan’s High Line.

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Examiner

Liam is a curious boy who discovers an even more curious garden.

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May 15 2009 | Read Full Review of The Curious Garden

USA Today

A curious red-headed boy named Liam lives in a grayish, unnamed city "without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind."

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Common Sense Media

Not only does the young boy change his drab world into a beautiful garden, one plant at a time, but, in the process, he also inspires people all around him to love and tend their gardens, too.

Apr 01 2009 | Read Full Review of The Curious Garden

Deseret News

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Mar 29 2009 | Read Full Review of The Curious Garden

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Not only does the young boy change his drab world into a beautiful garden, one plant at a time, but, in the process, he also inspires people all around him to love and tend their gardens, too.

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Englewood Review of Books

The Curious Garden is, by far, the best book for children (of all ages) that I have found this year, and with time it will undoubtedly reign – with Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, Robert McCloskey’s Make Way For Ducklings and a handful of other books – as one of the finest ecological picture books of all ...

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Shelf Awareness

Liam, a redheaded boy, discovers he has a green thumb when he transforms a garden languishing high above the city.

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Children's Books Guide

Now the railway is lush and green, and if you go to New York and find it, you’ll see the railway now covered in a lush green garden that winds above the streets and buildings of the city, a place that people in the city love and appreciate.

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