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Children's Fiction Multigenerational

Imaginary Garden, The

by (author) Andrew Larsen

illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2009
Category
Multigenerational, Art & Architecture
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554532797
    Publish Date
    Mar 2009
    List Price
    $16.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781525305399
    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
    $12.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781894786300
    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price
    $9.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7

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 est père au foyer et auteur. Quand il était enfant, il passait toujours une partie de son été au chalet de ses grands-parents, situé sur une colline, près d'un lac. Andrew habite à Toronto. Il a publié sept albums jeunesse.

 

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 neighbourhood. He has published seven picture books.

 

Andrew Larsen's profile page

IRENE LUXBACHER est à la fois auteure, illustratrice et artiste. Elle a publié de nombreux livres d’activités artistiques et albums jeunesse dont Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa, d’Andrew Larsen, mis en nomination pour le Prix du Gouverneur général dans la catégorie illustrations. Irene habite à Toronto où elle travaille actuellement à la création de nouveaux tableaux et albums.

 

IRENE LUXBACHER was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her illustrations in Andrew Larsen’sThe Imaginary Garden (Le jardin imaginaire de grand-papa). She has illustrated several other picture books, including Mittens to Share (Une mitaine pour deux), The Heart’s Song (Le grand cœur de madame Lili), as well as her own picture books Once I Was a Bear (Lorsque j’étais un ours…) and Mattoo, Let’s Play! (Viens jouer, Matou!). She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and young son. You can learn more about her work at www.ireneluxbacher.com.

Irene Luxbacher's profile page

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

Other titles by Andrew Larsen

Other titles by Irene Luxbacher