Inspired by Manhattan's High Line Railway, Peter Brown's The Curious Garden tells a charming tale of a city transformed by the perseverance of a boy and his garden. Liam, who lives in a dreary, neglected urban environment, is the city's sole intrepid outdoor explorer. Finding a small patch of wildflowers on an abandoned elevated railway, he teaches himself how to nurture nature and the Curious Garden rewards him by turning the city landscape green in unexpected ways. I love how Brown's whimsical illustrations give the garden it's own personality and bring a sense of humor to the story. The book's message of the transformative power of nature is especially current given the recent trend of community gardening, yet the book is not at all preachy.
Big Kid says: Let's read it again!