The Forgiveness Garden by Lauren Thompson

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...a sense of space and freedom that asks readers to make the story their own, to contemplate their own actions and consequences.
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A long time ago and far away--although it could be here, and it could be now--a boy threw a stone and injured a girl. For as long as anyone could remember, their families had been enemies, and their towns as well, so it was no surprise that something bad had happened.

Hate had happened. Revenge had happened. And that inspired more hate and more calls for revenge. But this time, a young girl decided to try something different...

Inspired by the original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon, and the movement that has grown up around it, Lauren Thompson has created a timeless parable for all ages that shows readers a better way to resolve conflicts and emphasizes the importance of moving forward together.

 

About Lauren Thompson

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Lauren Thompson is the author of several NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's books, including the much-beloved Little Quack series and the award-winning picture book POLAR BEAR NIGHT. She is also the author of THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED and BALLERINA DREAMS: A TRUE STORY. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Robert, and their son, Owen. You can visit her website at www.laurenthompson.net.Stephen Savage is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator of the highly acclaimed and award-winning picture book, POLAR BEAR NIGHT, written by Lauren Thompson, as well as the creator of WHERE'S WALRUS? He creates illustrations for a wide range of publications, including THE NEW YORKER, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and NEWSWEEK. Stephen lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their daughter.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Janice Durante on Oct 30 2012

...a sense of space and freedom that asks readers to make the story their own, to contemplate their own actions and consequences.

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