|Harlem Grown : how one big idea transformed a neighborhood|
Author: Hillery, Tony
Once there was a lot full of trash. Now there is a lush, green farm. This is the story of Harlem Grown, a garden in New York City.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 511089
School Library Journal (06/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2020 In his debut children’s book, Hillery creates a visual history of the organization he started, Harlem Grown, which was born after he visited an elementary school and noticed an abandoned, litter-filled lot nearby. Hillery had the idea to initiate an urban gardening project and began to clear the lot and plant seeds with the help of the school children. Gouache illustrations in fitting earth tones carry a childlike look and energy that matches the uplifting story, where hard work (and teamwork) is deliciously rewarded. This delivers a vibrant tale that is about more than growing plants; Hillery’s vision helped to transform and mobilize the entire community to positively impact the environment. This book delivers on the vision and hopes we all want to instill in children, and it imparts an underlying message that one person can make a big difference. An inspiring picture book for youngsters with meaningful ties to the environment, sustainability, and community engagement. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2020 PreS-Gr 3—Ideas plus action yield big rewards is the premise of this debut picture book, written by the founder and executive director of Harlem Grown, a New York City community garden collective. The text offers a historical account of the origins of Hillery's organization and an inspirational story about working together to meet a community need. Acclaimed illustrator Hartland (Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science) features characters of various ages and ethnicities. Led by Mr. Tony (and inspired by a little girl named Nevaeh), the community members clean an empty lot, prepare the land, and plant fruits and vegetables. The whimsical illustrations, framed by a palette of muted and lush greens and complementary colors, perfectly capture the book's theme of growth and collaboration. Instructions for starting a garden anywhere and additional resources for children and their families are included. VERDICT A wonderful addition to picture book collections in school and public libraries.—Tamela Chambers, Chicago P.L., IL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.