What grew in Larry's garden

Laura Alary

Book - 2020

"Grace thinks her neighbor Larry's tiny garden is one of the wonders of the world. She helps him hoe, weed and water -- and together they solve problems from hungry squirrels to lettuce-eating slugs. As spring approaches, Grace helps Larry start hundreds of tomato plants in little pots, and Larry brings them to the school where he teaches. Grace wants to know what the students will do with all those plants. Larry tells her to wait and see, but promises that they are growing more than j...ust tomatoes. Then, when Larry's neighbor adds a section to his fence that blocks out the sunlight his garden needs to thrive, Larry and Grace need to solve the biggest problem they've encountered yet. Inspired by the true story of a teacher from Toronto named Larry Zacharko."--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press [2020]
Language
English
Item Description
"Edited by Jennifer Stokes"--Page preceding title page.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
ISBN
9781525301087
152530108X
Main Author
Laura Alary (author)
Other Authors
Kass Reich (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this gentle narrative celebrating diligence, problem solving, and community, a girl helps nurture her neighbor's backyard vegetables. Together, Grace and Larry "watered and weeded," researching and instituting methods to deter insects, gastropods, and squirrels. But the duo faces a different challenge when Larry's neighbor adds a high fence panel that "makes him feel safe," enveloping the garden in darkness. Alary's diction is evocative ("buttery yellow carrots and purple potatoes. Rainbow chard and scarlet runner beans. Rosy tomatoes the color of ripe peaches"), and Reich's artwork, done in gouache and colored pencils with digital touches, has an expressive richness. Though contemporary context may cast the recurring motif of fences in a specific light, an author's note drives home the theme of sowing compassion, revealing the real-life inspiration: teacher Larry Zacharko and his tomato project, which helped students "who had troubles both at home and at school" to see the possibility of cultivating personal and communal growth. Ages 4–7. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Helping her teacher next-door neighbor with his amazing garden, young Grace learns powerful lessons in community teamwork and environmental mindfulness when a plan for the garden’s vegetables is threatened by an unanticipated problem. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Grace thinks her neighbour Larry's tiny garden is one of the wonders of the world. She helps him hoe, weed and water -- and together they solve problems from hungry squirrels to lettuce-eating slugs. Then, when Larry's neighbour adds a section to his fence that blocks out the sunlight his garden needs to thrive, Larry and Grace need to solve the biggest problem they've encountered yet"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A girl and her neighbor grow a community from their garden. Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard next door to hers, Larry grows the most extraordinary vegetables. Grace loves helping him --- watering and weeding, planting and pruning, hoeing and harvesting. And whenever there's a problem --- like bugs burrowing into the carrots or slugs chewing the lettuce --- Grace and Larry solve it together. Grace soon learns that Larry has big plans for the vegetables in his special garden. And when that garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry's example to find the perfect solution.Inspired by a real person, author Laura Alary has written a heartwarming story about how amazing things can grow when you tend your garden with kindness. In this case, Larry, a teacher, is helping to grow community. He has his students grow tomato plants that they then give away to their neighbors with personal notes. It offers a powerful lesson on the influence of generosity, while encouraging young children to become community activists in their own neighborhoods. This uplifting story fosters an appreciation for neighborhood and community at a time when that sentiment seems to be eroding. The book also contains an environmental message about harvesting your own vegetables and, with Kass Reich's colorful illustrations, works beautifully for a life science exploration of growth and changes in plants. There are character education connections to caring, cooperation, empathy, kindness, perseverance and teamwork.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A girl and her neighbor grow a community from their garden.Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard, Larry grows extraordinary vegetables, with Grace as his helper. They water and weed, plant and prune, hoe and harvest. And whenever there's a problem, Grace and Larry solve it together. Grace soon learns that Larry has big plans for the vegetables in his garden. And when the garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry's example to find the perfect solution.Amazing things can grow when you tend your garden with kindness.