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Author: Platt, Cynthia
A young girl's seed of an idea to clean up an abandoned inner city lot grows into something big when neighbors to work together to create a garden full of color and life.
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/18)
School Library Journal (04/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 K-Gr 2—Is it possible for one child to make a difference? The book opens with a girl and her tiny germ of an idea to transform an overgrown vacant city lot into a beautiful garden park. Once children see her pulling weeds and turning soil, they join in and help. From there, readers witness more and more people come together. This is a great story about a young person with an ambitious idea and a community working together to accomplish something for all to enjoy. The text is spare, but the illustrations assist in telling the story. The background consists of typical city life with cars and busses lining the streets and people heading toward their destinations. Most of the skyline is a mix of gray and brown, while the main character wears a peachy colored shirt that immediately sets her apart. As more people arrive to help, the landscape becomes brighter and more colorful. The artwork shows people of different races, ages, and various physical abilities. VERDICT This is a simple book with a powerful lesson. A solid read-aloud and a great lead-in to group projects.—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.