Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Liam lives in a city of concrete walls, paved surfaces, and a broken train line. One day, while exploring the city, young Liam comes across something wonderful: a small patch of green struggling for life in this urban world. With a little care and a lot of patience, Liam's garden begins to grow and spread. His friends, family, and community all become involved in the beautiful transformation, and by the end of the book, it's obvious that they have changed their city for the better.

I was drawn to The Curious Garden by the artwork. The illustrator has done an absolutely breathtaking job depicting the transformation in Liam's world. The way the green seems to creep across the city and drip from one page to the next is nothing short of magical. The story itself is heartwarming and hopeful. It's rich with environmental themes and will leave you feeling inspired to grow something green in your own world.

If you like the story of little Liam and his garden, look for All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon. Or enjoy more picture books with a green theme by checking out Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe of the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. These and many more titles are available at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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