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The Imaginary Garden

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Theodora loved her grandfather’s old garden. His new apartment’s balcony is too windy and small for a garden. But what appears to be a drawback soon leads to a shared burst of creativity as Theo and her Poppa decide to paint a new garden. As they work side by side — sowing seeds with brushes and paint — a masterpiece begins to take shape that transforms the balcony into an abundant garden.#When Poppa goes away on holiday, Theo helps nurture the garden and it begins to take on a life of its own. This garden grows not from soil but from love, imagination and creativity.#Readers will marvel at each stage of this fertile garden as it grows from seed to full flower, revealing the power of art to enrich our lives.

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Theodora loved her grandfather’s old garden. His new apartment’s balcony is too windy and small for a garden. But what appears to be a drawback soon leads to a shared burst of creativity as Theo and her Poppa decide to paint a new garden. As they work side by side — sowing seeds with brushes and paint — a masterpiece begins to take shape that transforms the balcony into an abundant garden.#When Poppa goes away on holiday, Theo helps nurture the garden and it begins to take on a life of its own. This garden grows not from soil but from love, imagination and creativity.#Readers will marvel at each stage of this fertile garden as it grows from seed to full flower, revealing the power of art to enrich our lives.

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Reading Levels

    lexile level
  • 550L

  • guided reading
  • K

  • guided reading grade level
  • 2

  • lexile code
  • Adult Directed

  • accelerated reader interest lvl
  • LG

  • accelerated reader reading level
  • 2.6

AWARDS & REVIEWS

Reviews

"As fresh and vibrant as a spring bouquet, this joyous offering will delight children, particularly young artists, throughout the year."

Booklist, Starred Review, 01/03/2009

"... sweet and visually appealing ..."

School Library Journal, 01/03/2009

"More than the gardening or even the flowers, the dance of imagination between grandfather and grandchild is sweetly filigreed across the pages."

Kirkus Reviews, 01/02/2009

"The Imaginary Garden affirms both a warm bond between grandparent and child and the transformative power of the creative imagination."

Quill & Quire, 01/03/2009

Awards

  • 2011 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

  • 2011 - Great Lakes Great Books, Michigan Reading Association, Short-listed

  • 2011 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed

  • 2010 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed

  • 2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

  • 2010 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner

  • 2010 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Foreword Magazine, Short-listed

  • 2009 - Book of the Year, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed

  • 2009 - Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration, , Short-listed

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