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The Curious Garden: 05/13/10

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The Curious Garden by Peter Brown has been short listed in the fiction picture book category of the Cybils. I borrowed it from the library when the long list was first posted. I'm not on either of the fiction picture book panels but I was curious to see what the potential winners were. My children are voracious readers so I grabbed as many of the nominated picture books I could find.

Of the ones we read, The Curious Garden was our favorite. It's about boy, Liam, who discovers a dying garden on an abandoned piece of the city, high above the street. He secretly cares for the garden and it begins to thrive. Under his watch the garden spreads. As it grows he gets help from other city gardeners.

By itself the book is magical. Then at the story's close there's a note explaining the inspiration for the book. It's based on the true story of the High Line, an abandoned rail line in New York City that began a hanging garden. That added bit of reality put the book over the top for all of us.

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Comment #1: Friday, May, 14, 2010 at 01:49:57


I will have to see if I can find this at our library. It sounds great!

Comment #2: Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 21:48:14


I got my copy at the library. As it's been up for a number of awards, I think your chances are good in finding a copy at your library. Happy reading!

Comment #3: Friday, May, 14, 2010 at 17:33:00


I love the concept of this book! I've paged through it at the bookstore and will check it out from the library to read to my four year old.

Comment #4: Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 21:52:37


My youngest is three and she loved the book. I hope your four year old does too. Happy reading.

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