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[KINDLE] ❅ The Curious Garden ❥ Peter Brown –

One Boy S Quest For A Greener World One Garden At A TimeWhile 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 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

10 thoughts on “The Curious Garden

  1. says:

    Hello My name is Mr Message You probably know me from my countless appearances in books, especially the for children variety It s my job to expose a universal truth or support a cause Sometimes I even tell the reader how they should act As you may know, I can be controversial.Sometimes, people get upset when authors make it really clear that I m coming to the party They put me front and center, and the story takes a back seat Hey, I can be preachy if that s what the author wants I don t always raise a stink, though Occasionally, authors cleverly sneak me into a story, making as little disruption as possible The reader hardly knows I m there.Then you have an author like Peter Brown Chowder, Flight of the Dodo and his book The Curious Garden In this book I tell kids that caring for the environment makes a better world Peter somehow manages to to make me the center of attention, yet not so preachy that it feels like readers are learning a lesson There s a kind of take it or leave it nonchalance that I quite like.The story is about a red haired boy named Liam He lives in a dreary town without a plant to speak of No trees, no flowers, nothing but cement and smog One day Liam happens upon a staircase which leads to the abandoned railroad tracks What our hero discovers there changes his life He finds plants It s not much some sad looking grass and a few flowers on their deathbeds, but Liam decides to nurse them back to health As they get better, the vegetation begins to spread, and soon other folks begin to follow Liam s lead After a while the town, once dingy and gray, is transformed.While Peter did a great job adding me to the story, his acrylic and gouache illustrations really steal the show The man is a master of perspective, always choosing the right angle to add life to the story The beating heart of this book is right in the middle Two wordless two page spreads show the amazing growth of Liam s garden In fact, the illustrations are such that this book would function pretty well were it completely wordless.While I, Mr Message, would love to take sole credit for the success of The Curious Garden, praise should go to Mr Brown, who created beautiful images, tamed my preachy side, and crafted a lovely story.

  2. says:

    Both the illustrations and text of Peter Brown s The Curious Garden are expressively nuanced, and the change from a grey and depressing urban wasteland to a blooming, green metropolis is in many ways truly magical and inspiring The very concept of nature actually having its own mind, of nature taking over if given even just a bit of encouragement, or being simply left alone, is also a very hopeful and refreshing sentiment especially for those of us living in urban, very nature deprived environs It brings to mind the fact that in certain areas, like the generally people empty no man s lands between antagonistic, warring nations, even in the presence of abandoned military vehicles, land mines and the like, rare and endangered plants and animals sometimes tend to flourish, mostly because there is little human interference similar with The Curious Garden, where nature as an entity makes use of an abandoned railway line, and with a little TLC and encouragement from a small boy, is able to reclaim the city, is able to beautify and greenify it However, while I have generally very much enjoyed The Curious Garden and with all my heart and soul appreciate the environmental messages presented, the illustrations of the gardens themselves are generally not at all natural enough for my own personal tastes, are simply not wild enough I do not tend to like formal gardens all that much at the best of times, and thus I really do NOT like topiary trees should be trees and not shaped like animals or other types of figures And while I realise that city gardens and parks require a certain amount of pruning, and that plants which are blocking stop signs or fire hydrants need to be removed, there is at times a bit too much gardening, too much human manipulation of nature presented and depicted in The Curious Garden Gardens or at least, my ideal type of garden should, of course, look tidy, but there should also be an obvious air of wildness about them, including deadwood and decaying leaves, as all of this detritus is not only part of the cycle and circle of life, deadwood and decaying plant materials provide food and shelter for birds, rodents and other animals, and the very process of decay enriches the soil to provide natural fertilization and rebirth And thus, while I truly I did and do enjoy and appreciate the lushly illustrated green transformation of the morose and depressing grey cityscape into The Curious Garden, I would have loved this book oh so much , and probably considered it a favourite, had there also been at least some true, bona fide wilderness type areas depicted, with natural looking trees, weeds, logs and untouched, unspoiled nature.

  3. says:

    This book completely charmed me.It reminded me of how when I was young blades of grass growing up through the sidewalk cracks had me fascinated I could examine them for long periods of time and enjoy myself thoroughly.Liam the city gardener is a really wonderful character The garden taking over the previously lifeless city is inspiring and there are funny and sweet moments The illustrations are beautiful and fun to look at.Until I joined Goodreads I d never lost my fondness for children s and young adult books but, except for when reading them to young children, I d forgotten just how satisfying children s picture books can be There are so many wonderful children s picture books and this is one of them.

  4. says:

    I am in love with this book It touched my mind, my heart and my imagination Liam is an adorable, thoughtful, creative boy who gently cares for and appreciates the bedraggles remnants of a garden the only plant life in the city Yet, the garden is also a personality in this story I don t want to give anything away, just encourage everyone to read this book The illustration at the end almost brought tears to my eyes it is so beautiful I am sure I am talking this up too much, but, hey, what else do you do when you are in love with a book By the way, I must give kudos to Brown not only for his beautiful story and illustrations but for the way he managed to make a book about nature without turning it into an environmental message sort of book The gentleness of nature permeates the story the hopefulness that we can finds something in nature to appreciate and nurture even in the most concrete of cities instead of turning to the gloomy, he celebrates the spirit of humans and of nature.

  5. says:

    A rather dystopian story about a drab, ugly, polluted city where people spend most of their time indoors Liam, however, likes to wander outside, and one day discovers some plants struggling to grow on an old train trestle As he tends the plants, his garden grows and spreads around the city As it spreads, people begin to notice and leave their homes to enjoy the greenery and help tend the plants It s a lovely story of the greening of a community and its effect on the inhabitants One person can make a difference Recommended.

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    They say that children s books are inherently didactic Particularly those of the picture book variety There s an idea that you can t tell a story to a child without including some of your own personal values in the midst of the tale And this may be true since immoral children s books are few and far between Uncle Shelby s ABZ Book excepted, of course The trick then is to tell a tale without bludgeoning the child over the head with the message Get too preachy and both kids and parents will shy away from the material Not preachy enough and you re basically just placing words on a page without much in the way of rhyme or reason Enter The Curious Garden, which is just about the perfect balance of message and text I ll admit to you right off the bat that I read the book once, and then put it away without another thought Then I read the book a second time and my interest was peaked About the moment I read the book a third time I was hooked for good Peter Brown s story isn t what one would call exactly subtle, but what he s managed to do here is tell a good story without falling into the usual traps and trials so many environmental picture books have found themselves enmeshed in before No small feat.In a city like any city where the people spend their time mostly indoors, there lives a boy named Liam A curious lad, one day Liam stumbles on a stairwell that leads up to some old railway tracks Upon following the tracks he is delighted to discover a small patch of green in need of a gardener Though at first he makes a lot of mistakes, Liam becomes better and better at helping the tough little weeds and flowers to grow The garden, which is as curious as Liam, spreads Sometimes in a good way Sometimes in a bad way And as people notice the growth they too are inspired to start their own gardens Years later, the city is transformed and Liam who has married and had children in the interim is still there Pruning and tending and happy Inspired by the beauty of New York s High Line park an old elevated railway recently converted into a lush garden Brown tells the tale of a city melded with nature, producing something utterly new and entirely beautiful.Does every story need a villain It usually needs some form of antagonist, yes Someone or something that stands between our hero and his goal In this book, though, there isn t much standing in Liam s way aside from his own self doubt and, possibly, the cold winter months that render the garden dead and brown Considering the nature ha ha of the story, you would think that Brown would have been inclined to add some evil industrialist or Once ler ala The Lorax The funny thing is that the lack of a bad guy doesn t hurt the book Some are bound to be put off by the easygoing nature of the story, but since it s starting from a point of conflict I don t feel an overwhelming need for Brown to add to that As Liam s fighting decay with wildlife, that s your essential point of conflict right there A villain with a twirling moustache and shiny pinstriped suit would be out of place in this book.I ve always been a sucker for industrial beauty It s probably why I m such a huge Ezra Jack Keats fan Now there was an author illustrator who knew how to capture the beauty of rust and machinery and graffiti The city was a raucous riot of color under his hand and everybody knew it Peter Brown s book actually does something similar, though his intentions are different The beauty of the city is still here, but it s the beauty that comes when the manmade mixes and melds with nature Railway lines into long gardens Rooftops sporting treetops Ivy curling up chipped paint and abandoned walls I still like to find beauty in abandoned tracks and rusted metal, but Brown s making a strong case here for the beauty of the abandoned in a whole new way.In terms of the art, Brown is working here with acrylic and gouache on board His style is so slick and smooth, though, that you might initially mistake it for computer graphics of one sort or another It s a lot of fun to watch what Brown does with light and color too Liam s hair is red, his eyes are blue, and at first he s the only spot of color in a dank, dreary, grey brown world Brown has also done a clever thing with the little tree that Liam begins by tending It hasn t exactly been anthropomorphized for all intents and purposes this is a fairly realistic story but Brown has drawn the leaves in such a way that it looks like the tree has closed its multiple eyes and smiled with multiple smiles It s not an obvious detail, but it gives the story a certain friendliness you might miss on an initial pass In fact, if you look closely, you ll see that at the end Liam is now an adult and the text reads, And you could always find Liam in the place where it all began Sure as shooting, there he is, tending to that same tree, no longer a little shrub but a great big impressive, and still smiling, companion.There are little things about the art that flicker on the outside of your eyeballs without ever directly catching your eye entirely The smog, for example It s everywhere You don t even notice it on a first or second reading Look closely, though, and you ll see that pernicious brown soot and smoke lurking in the corners of each page s borders It starts as early as the title page, like the dirty fingerprints of a polluted sky In lingers on the edges of every page until you reach the final two page spread It s still there, mind you Licking the edges of the left hand page But as your eye moves slowly to the right, you might notice that the brown fug evaporates As this story takes place in an industrial town, it would be too much to expect that the population suddenly found a new industry to support themselves, but Brown has hidden little hints as to why there might be less air pollution Maybe it s the abundance of trees soaking up the carbon dioxide Maybe it s the windmills, which have apparently been constructed out of the old smokestacks of a factory or two Alternative clean air energy Maybe so In any case, it provides parents with an excuse to talk to their kids about pollution in cities and the different ways of getting rid of it.Of course the book this reminded me of the most was probably Home by Jeannie Baker In both books, industry is tackled by those citizens who take an interest in natural beautification Folks have embraced this book as an environmental tale, and I suppose that it is But I really do believe that its purpose, first and foremost, is to simply tell a good story If you happen to learn a nice lesson as a result, that s all well and good, but the tale is key here, not the message Brown has created his best picture book yet One that is bound to be enjoyed and loved by families for generations to come For ages 4 8.

  7. says:

    I really love this book The art is very nice and I love the idea of how one boy and some plants he finds on and abandoned railway line can take a dirty old city and make it green again

  8. says:

    This is a really neat way of showing how a single idea, when properly nurtured, can take root and expand to touch other minds and sprout new ideas Or you can keep it simple and it s just a book about how plants can spread far and wide Either way, a nicely written book with fun illustrations.

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    So many of my friends had spoken so highly of this that I was afraid by the time I read it I d be somewhat disappointed I m very pleased to say that I was wrong Even with all the hype this little book still managed to touch my heart by the second page and hold me till the end.What I love about this book, is not only the wonderful idea of a garden as something of a sentient being, wanting to explore the green less city around it, but also how the young gardener in the book is such a happy boy so full of life Why, even in a gardenless city he enjoys being out of doors and exploring in the rain what s not to love The text of this story is so simple, sweet and poignant And the accompanying illustrations are just the same What I found interesting, is that on many pages, I looked at the illustrations first, before I read the text, something I realized I don t often do any.This isn t a whack you over the head with a green thumb sort of book, but the message is there, though it is one of hope and optimism To me, the story was just as much about the creativeness and initiative of the little boy, as it was about nature redecorating one of my favorite lines, from the author s note.Definitely, definitely a must read

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    Wonderful book to add to any children s collection Love the story of the little boy who brought beauty to his city I think children will find it fun to read about a child who cared enough to tend to a garden on an abandoned railroad This little boy s act of kindness spreads beauty throughout the city The illustrations were lovely and classic I enjoyed the author s note at the end and finding out what inspired him to write this charming story.