The Curious Garden
  • The Curious Garden
  • The Curious Garden
  • The Curious Garden
ISBN: 0316015474
EAN13: 9780316015479
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2009
Pages: 40
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 11.1" L x 8.8" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

This New York Times bestselling modern classic explores the perennial topic of environmentalism in an urban world, from the creator of The Wild Robot and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Curious Garden

  • How long does it take to read The Curious Garden?

    It takes about 5 Hours and 17 minutes on average for a reader to read The Curious Garden. This is based on the average reading speed of 250 Words per minute.

  • What is the reading level for The Curious Garden?

    The recommended reading level for The Curious Garden is Preschool through 3rd Grade .

  • What is the Lexile score for The Curious Garden?

    The Lexile score for The Curious Garden is 840.

  • How long is The Curious Garden?

    The Curious Garden is 40 pages long.

  • Who wrote The Curious Garden?

    The Curious Garden was written by Peter Brown

  • Which awards has The Curious Garden won?

    The Curious Garden won the following awards:

    in 2009 The Curious Garden won the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award in category .

    in 2009 The Curious Garden won the Cybils in category .

    in 2010 The Curious Garden won the Indies Choice Book Awards in category .

    in 2010 The Curious Garden won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award in category .

    in 2011 The Curious Garden won the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award in category .

    in 2011 The Curious Garden won the Golden Archer Award in category .

    in 2011 The Curious Garden won the Volunteer State Book Awards in category .

    in 2011 The Curious Garden won the North Carolina Children's Book Award in category .

    in 2012 The Curious Garden won the Young Hoosier Book Award in category .

    in 2012 The Curious Garden won the Georgia Children's Book Award in category .

    in 2013 The Curious Garden won the Nevada Young Readers' Award in category .

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Book Reviews (16)

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   Great for adults too!
I've read all the books, but this is by far the best. Beginning high school teachers who want to become teachers are also being helped by librarians. Anyone who has taught knows how difficult the first couple of years are. I use this book as a cathartic metaphor for teaching, he said. Beginning teachers, for example, will have to learn to identify all of the different characters in the story. This book is great for kids and adults alike.
 
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   Beautiful story!
I love the moral that one person CAN make a difference in the world, and that little Liam starts out not knowing anything about his new interest but through research, trial and error, and lots of hard work, he and the rest of the city reap a monumental reward, he and the rest of the city reap a monumental reward.
 
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   Based on a true story...sort of!
Peter Brown's book is a great read. Really nice illustrations, the story moves quickly, and the pictures are really good. It's about cultivating gardens within abandoned buildings and is based on a true story about an old railway in Brooklyn. It captivated my daughter and I like the message it sends about inspiring others to plant trees and encourage gardens and plant life to grow where it otherwise wouldn't, or crowded cities.
 
4
   beautiful illustrations and message
He finds us to be able to care for the nature that tries to come back into our lives where we leave old and abandoned things from our lives. A beautiful story without beating us over the head about caring for the world around us and how that can lead to beauty again, he said. He also tells us of a man who was a sort of Johnny Appleseed, an old shepherd that cared for his flock and planted trees in an old deforested area. Then in a few decades people found it and thought the forest had just reappeared on its own, not realizing someone had carefully planted and cared for it. It has all but disappeared from the city, with no gardens and only gray skies. As the garden grows, so does the color in the city. Even the night sky turns to red again. Nice I spy sort of pictures as well as having an old style to the color and makeup of the pictures, Mr. Booher told us. He's a keeper.
 
5
   Good Hearted Message!
I absolutely love this book, and I think everybody should read it. The illustrations are beautiful, Mr. O'Neill said. Only in the past few weeks has it become almost real. He spoke of a strong community, caring for the environment, growth and passing it forward. The book's author, Brian Selznick, said: "We saw the writer and he was just adorable. I'm a huge fan of the books, even though Hepburn was not the only writer. So good with kids, Mr. Rule told us. It's a great book, said Axel Schachter, co-author of the book. Good for families and great in classrooms, too. Even if you think about it, illustrations are what makes them great.
 
5
   Inspiring !
My 5 year old LOVES the book. It always surprises me what she ends up liking most about it. She loves to help in the garden, that sparked her interest in botany. It shows how to put your heart into something you are passionate about, the results start small but continue growing and reaching higher levels. He didn't spend the winter worrying about the flowers, he prepared for spring. He read books on gardening, got better gardening tools, and a songbook to sing to the flowers. My daughter enjoys the before pic and the after pic _we flipflop for a few minutes, she said. Thanks for sharing this story, Peter Brown. Turner said he wanted to thank God that his wife was pregnant.
 
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   I liked it because the plants were growing everywhere when it ...
The plants are dying. He helped the dying plants regrow. The plants grew. It's just a matter of time, says Barbara Comstock, executive director of the city's parks department. The Curious Garden was a great story, Frank said. It's great because the plants were growing everywhere when it started from one little spot on the railway. I thought it could be a little spicier because there's nothing happening, Mr. Dhaliwal said. It was an interesting book because it was about plants filling the whole railway and a little funny when the plants grew where they didn't belong.
 
4
   Act Locally
At the time, he was living in a city without any gardens. Then he found his way to the top of the railway tracks. After that, he became a gardener. The curious garden spread across several acres. It's great to be back home, said Liam, as his garden lay buried under the heavy snow. It was June 4, 1983, and three months later, Liam returned. The English rose garden awoke from its winter slumber. Plants popped up, new gardeners came in and old standbys came back. But the most special place of all was where Liam first worked. This tale of how a garden can grow in a city will appeal to children ages 4 to 7, spreading a positive message about how one person can act locally to change the world.
 
5
   Captivating
This book is way more appealing to me than a lot of the cutsie kids books out there. But all the while it's subtly important teaching values like showing what can happen when you take something worthless and give it new life, which I think is a crucial lesson within our throw-away society, he said. It also reinforces the idea of community, being eco-conscious, and commitment, he said.
 
5
   A Prize Place on our Bookshelves
The book is a great reaffirmation of the power of nature. We first read it from the library during our homeschool gardening unit, and have since checked it out many more times. My son is captivated with the unusual but beautiful illustration style, and we both love the little boy that dares to change the world in which he lives, his mom said.
 
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