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What Grew in Larry's Garden

A picture book by Laura Alary, illustrated by Kass Reich.

Laura Alary, illustrated by Kass Reich

A girl and her neighbour 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 neighbours with personal notes. It offers a powerful lesson on the influence of generosity, while encouraging young children to become community activists in their own neighbourhoods. This uplifting story fosters an appreciation for neighborhood and community at a time when that sentiment seems to be eroding. (From Kids Can Press)

Laura Alary is Toronto-based author. Her books include Is That Story True?Jesse's Surprise GiftMira and the Big StoryVictor's Pink PyjamasHow Do I Pray for Grandpa? and Make Room.

Kass Reich is a Toronto-based artist, who specializes in illustration and making picture books. Her board books include Hamsters Holding Hands and This Little Hamsters.

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