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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 a father, homemaker and author. His books include A Squiggly Story, In the Tree House, which won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and See You Next Year, which received wide critical acclaim. Andrew lives in Toronto, Ontario. His local library just happens to be a Carnegie Library.
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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 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.

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

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

— Quill & Quire

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

— Booklist, Starred Review

... sweet and visually appealing ...

— School Library Journal

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

— Kirkus Reviews

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