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published: Mar 2009
ISBN:9781554532797
publisher: Kids Can Press

Imaginary Garden, The

by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

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multigenerational, art & architecture
4.5 of 5
2 ratings
rated!
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list price: $16.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
published: Mar 2009
ISBN:9781554532797
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

Theodora loved her grandfather's old garden. His new apartment's balcony is too windy and small for a garden. But what appears to be a drawback soon leads to a shared burst of creativity as Theo and her Poppa decide to paint a new garden. As they work side by side --- sowing seeds with brushes and paint --- a masterpiece begins to take shape that transforms the balcony into an abundant garden.

When Poppa goes away on holiday, Theo helps nurture the garden and it begins to take on a life of its own. This garden grows not from soil but from love, imagination and creativity.

Readers will marvel at each stage of this fertile garden as it grows from seed to full flower, revealing the power of art to enrich our lives.

About the Authors
Andrew Larsen is a father, homemaker and author. When he was a child, he would spend a part of every summer with his grandparents at their cottage on a hill, by a lake. Andrew now lives in a downtown Toronto neighborhood. He has published three picture books with Kids Can Press and one with Fitzhenry & Whiteside. He is married with two children.
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Irene Luxbacher was nominated for the Governor General's Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen's The Imaginary Garden and its sequel The Not-So-Faraway Adventure. She has illustrated several other picture books, and her own Deep Underwater, Mattoo, Let’s Play!, and Mr. Frank, as well as eight acclaimed children’s art activity books. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at ireneluxbacher.com.
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Contributor Notes

Andrew Larsen is the author of The Imaginary Garden and Bella and the Bunny. He is a stay-at-home father who finds time to write between laundry and lunch. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Irene Luxbacher is an artist and the author-illustrator of The Jumbo Book of Art, The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art, the Starting Art series and Mattoo, Let's Play! She also illustrated The Imaginary Garden for Kids Can Press. She lives in Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Awards
  • Short-listed, Great Lakes Great Books, Michigan Reading Association
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Winner, Outstanding International Book, USBBY
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association
  • Short-listed, Book of the Year, Foreword Magazine
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts
Editorial Reviews

... sweet and visually appealing ...—School Library Journal


As fresh and vibrant as a spring bouquet, this joyous offering will delight children, particularly young artists, throughout the year.—Booklist, Starred Review


More than the gardening or even the flowers, the dance of imagination between grandfather and grandchild is sweetly filigreed across the pages.—Kirkus Reviews


The Imaginary Garden affirms both a warm bond between grandparent and child and the transformative power of the creative imagination.—Quill & Quire

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