The Garden of Happiness by Erika Tamar

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A littered lot in New York’s Alphabet City is transformed into a lush garden by people of the neighborhood. Young Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As it grows up and up, it surprises everyone and becomes the most special plant in the Garden of Happiness. “A book with the welcome message that beauty can be everywhere.”--Booklist

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Published April 1, 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She wants to grow something, too, but all the plots are taken so she plants her one seed (taken from some being fed to pigeons) in a crack in the sidewalk on the edge of ""The Garden of Happiness."" The sunflower that finally blossoms is a surprise to all, but it does not last and Marisol is almo...

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Overawed dialogue (""Los girasoles from Mexico, where they bring joy to the roadside,"" says old Mrs. Garcia), exaggerated emotions and an unlikely happy ending turn this outing into a sort of urban Marisol of Sunnybrook Farm.

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