The Imaginary Garden

Andrew Larsen
Irene Luxbacher

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.

978-1-5253-0539-9 | Sep 1, 2020
List Price: USD $10.99, CAD $12.99
4-color 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-894786-30-0 | Jun 6, 2013
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Awards & Reviews

“As fresh and vibrant as a spring bouquet, this joyous offering will delight children, particularly young artists, throughout the year.”
— Booklist, Starred Review, March 2009
“... sweet and visually appealing ...”
— School Library Journal, March 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, February 2009
“The Imaginary Garden affirms both a warm bond between grandparent and child and the transformative power of the creative imagination.”
— Quill & Quire, March 2009
2011 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2011 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2011 - Great Lakes Great Books, Michigan Reading Association, Short-listed
2010 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2010 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2010 - Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
2010 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2009 - Governor General's Literary Award, children's illustration, Canada Council for the Arts, Short-listed
2009 - Book of the Year, ForeWord Magazine, Short-listed

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