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The Garden of Happiness
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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Sep 15, 2008 Heidi-Marie rated it liked it
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.
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.
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.