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The Garden of Happiness

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A littered lot in New York’s Alphabet City is transformed into a lush garden by people of the neighborhood. Young Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As it grows up and up, it surprises everyone and becomes the most special plant in the Garden of Happiness. “A book with the welcome message that beauty can be everywhere.”--Booklist
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Dominic Adams
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book cleverly encourages making world better, more beautiful and gardening all through a touching story.
Heidi-Marie
Cute. I love the pictures. There is a sense of community in the story which I really liked. The idea of coming together, making things grow, and bringing happiness is nice. It would work for a story time because it moves. Older kids and younger ones would like it I believe. But I can't pronounce some of the phrases of the people and would not be able to do the story justice. Perhaps a book talk on this one.
Heather Summers
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Marisol, who lives on the East side of New York City, joins her neighborhood in replacing a garbage-filled lot with a garden. She only gets a small corner to plant a single seed in but her sunflower becomes the excitement of the entire neighborhood. This book represents many cultures in an indirect way and it also represents unity among a multicultural neighborhood. I love that you can feel the attitudes of each character in the book just by the things that they say.
Shelley
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, age-4, age-6
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Angela
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
A nice story about a neighborhood garden & mural that revitalize a vacant city lot. Various ethnic groups represented, along with traditional foods from those groups. Talks about plants' growing cycles too. Overall a very nice book, if a bit too many words for my little one's attention span.
Matthew
Jul 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This seemed a bit forced, though a story of community togetherness is always welcome. I might use it in a class in an urban area as it is a story of positivity in an urban area.
Danielle
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book about a girl who helps create an urban garden. Tremendous illustrations.
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