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Imaginary Garden, The

by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

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multigenerational, art & architecture
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list price: $12.99
edition:Paperback
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published: Sep 2020
ISBN:9781525305399
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 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.
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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.
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Contributor Notes

Andrew Larsen is the acclaimed author of such books as Goodnight, Hockey Fans, A Squiggly Story, The Not-So-Faraway Adventure, In the Tree House and The Imaginary Garden. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
3 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
3 to 7
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
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association
  • Short-listed, Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Winner, Outstanding International Book, USBBY
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • 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

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


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


... sweet and visually appealing ...

— School Library Journal

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

— Quill & Quire

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


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


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

— Booklist, Starred Review

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