Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Curious Garden - Review and Book Giveaway (10 Copies)


"There once was a city without gardens or trees or greenery of any kind. Most people spent their time indoors. As you can imagine, it was a very dreary place." - The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

I like big, wide open, green spaces. Land covered with plants, flowers, and trees with blue skies above and butterflies fluttering around. My Brimful Curiosities blog header pretty much proves this point. Guess I'm more of a country girl than a big city girl. However, sometimes green areas - big and beautiful green expanses can exist in unlikely places. Peter Brown in his new book The Curious Garden, shows how.

The Curious Garden is an inspiring story about a little red-headed boy named Liam who stumbles upon an abandoned railroad in the middle of gray, industrial city buildings. Curious, he walks up some stairs and onto the elevated railway bed and discovers a patch of unattended flowers and plants. Though not much of a gardener, he takes it upon himself to tend the greenery. The plants begin to flourish as do Liam’s gardening skills (he even sings to his plants and conducts research during the winter months). The garden spreads throughout the city, revitalizing the once very dreary place. The beauty inspires others lend their hands in creating a lush, green, magical park winding through the bluest of blue skies.

This feel-good, join-hands picture book reminds us that it only takes one small person to do something remarkable and by working together with others amazing things can be achieved. The illustrations by Brown are quite simply magnificent and have a vintage feel to them. As if painting a fairy-tale, Brown takes a dark and dreary place and magically turns it a bright, cheery garden full of life. My daughter has expressed a lot of interest lately in plants since spring arrived. She very much enjoyed watching the garden spread through the book and after reading about Liam, really wants to start growing her own garden, weeds and all.

It is easy to envision this modern day “Secret Garden” filled with hard-work and hope. You can’t imagine how happy I felt after reading the back page of the book where I learned that there is such a place currently under development in New York City called the High Line. Some cities do offer a few neat green spaces. If you are curious enough you'll find them. The Curious Garden - a wonderful Earth Day or any day read!
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 2009); 40 pages; ISBN 9780316015479

Related Links:

Peter Brown - Author/Illustrator Website
High Line (New York City) - Wikipedia
Downloadable The Curious Garden Poster

Enter the Curious Garden Drawing Contest sponsored by Hachette Book Group. Kids ages 3-13: draw a picture of a garden and enter the Curious Garden Contest to win a hardcover copy of The Curious Garden and a Curious Garden seed and flowerpot kit. Last day to enter: May 8, 2009. (Make sure to read the complete rules and send the consent form in as well.)

Win a copy! Hachette Book Group has kindly offered to giveaway (10) hardcover copies of The Curious Garden to 10 Brimful Curiosities readers. Yes, this is a HUGE Earth Day giveaway! Please spread the word. 10 COPIES!

To enter, leave a comment telling me about your favorite garden or favorite children's book about a garden.

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126 comments:

Tricia said...

Hi Janelle,

First, I added your blog to my feed reader!

My favorite children's book about a garden is THE GARDENER, written by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small. It's the story of a girl who is sent to live with a grumpy uncle who owns a bakery during the depression. She brings seeds with her, and during her stay plants a beautiful garden on the roof of her uncle's building. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is heartwarming.

Becky Workman said...

This sounds like such a fun book! We have a very large garden out back and the kids just love to help with it! It's their excuse to get muddy and not get in trouble!!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

kysmom02@hotmail.com

PS...I follow you!

Alice H said...

A great children's book about gardening is "Sunflower House" by Eve Bunting - beautiful illustrations. Thanks for the chance - this book looks great too! alicedemske at hotmail.com

farmsteadlady said...

What a great book!

Our favorite garden is our own. My kids (6 and 5) love to help out and my son enjoys picking and promptly eating all cherry tomatoes. ;)

Peace and Blessings,

Kiva

shelburns said...

This one sounds so good!!!

I am a follower!

My favorite garden book is Mrs. Spitzer's Garden. It is such a sweet story with a great message.

Thanks for a great giveaway, as usual!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

3carnations said...

My favorite garden was ours last year. My son helped plant and he loved watching everything grow. We grew our very first watermelons!

Arin said...

My favorite garden is my own..I have roses all summer and in the spring large bunches of yellow and red tulips and cluster daffodils that smell heavenly. And in my backyard we have our home garden-veggies and fruits-I love watching it grow.
arianiah@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

A wonderful middle-level book dealing with a community garden is called SEEDFOLKS by Paul Fleishman. Simple story; simple lesson.

shelleyf76@hotmail.com

Amy said...

Sounds like a good book! We're big gardeners. My favorite garden was my grandmother's. She had an amazing green thumb and could get anything to grow. So many great memories of walking around her yard and seeing her handiwork year after year.

Amy said...

I also blogged about the contest!
http://amygirl312.blogspot.com/2009/04/gardening-in-so-many-words.html

Infant Bibliophile said...

The Carrot Seed is one of my favorite gardening books: short and sweet. Thanks for the give away!

April said...

My favorite garden is at a place by my house, called Thanksgiving Point. They have a tulip festival going on right now and the tulips are gorgeous!
aprilsmail(at)gmail(dot)com

ecky said...

my favorite garden was at my friend's mom's house. it had a secret sitting area in the center of it. when you were sitting there you couldn't see anything but the garden. it was so peaceful and beautiful - the perfect spot!

elkesten at yahoo dot com

Tanyetta said...

My favorite garden is at my MIL home. I don't have a green thumb so, I relish in her talents :)

Deanna H. said...

What a great giveaway. I love the book Linnea in Monet's Garden--beautiful pictures.

Shelley said...

We love The Carrot Seed! Thanks for the chance to win!
saz AT chainreader DOT com

Chrissy said...

My favorite garden is from my childhood. It was my grandmothers garden. I planted, and dug, and ate the fruits of her garden for years. I would love to someday cultivate what she had in her garden, both physically and emotionally!!

christin said...

Our favorite garden is in our backyard:) My 3 yr old loves to check our veggies every day to see their progress:) This sounds great! Thanks!
christinbanda(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Beth said...

My Uncle was a farmer and he had the most amazing garden ever! He planted all kinds of vegetables and tended it so it was always perfect looking AND we always got to sample!

Anonymous said...

I found your site through a link at The Miss Rumphius Effect. This book happens to be my all-time favorite picture book. I love how Miss Rumphius did one thing to make the world more beautiful by spreading her seeds over the landscape creating a 'world garden.' The Curious Garden sounds like a wonderful book as well. tdtyo@yahoo.com

AngelFabs said...

My favorite garden is Leu Gardens which is a quick 5 minute walk from my home in downtown Orlando. I can forget about everything there. Even though it's in the middle of the city it is quiet and beautiful!
Thanks!
Adreisinger@aol.com

AngelFabs said...

Twitter and Tweeted!
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Anonymous said...

My favorite book about a garden is Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. As you may recall, Harriet's brother earns the money for her skating lessons and all leftovers go toward his dream of a market garden.

barefootinhighheels said...

This book sounds beautiful! Our favorite garden book is "What's This? A Seed Story," by Caroline Mockford, and published by Barefoot Books. (shameless plug -- I sell Barefoot Books, too! You can see my blog for the banner on the side!) It's a great simple story that my 3 1/2 year old calls "the story about a girl who grows a flower." And because of reading it, she now wants to plant a sunflower garden this summer! Cute!

Oh, and for the extra entry, I'm already a subscriber through bloglines. Thanks!!

-Lori

barefootinhighheels said...

oops -- I forgot to leave my e-mail.

hawkins_lori (at) hotmail (dot) com

Pam said...

I'm not much of a gardener but this spring, my 3 yr. old son and I are going to plant a garden. I'm going to let him choose the plants - we'll maybe do a planter box of flowers and another of veggies (he LOVES tomatoes). I think this will be my favorite garden.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Katie said...

I keep seeing this at the checkout line at Wegman's and I'm trying to hold off on buying it! Definitely would love to add this to my spring collection!

Danetta said...

Besides our own garden, my favorite garden is the Botanical Gardens in San Antonio, Texas.

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Danetta said...

I blogged: http://goyay.blogspot.com/2009/04/curious-garden-book-giveaway.html

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Danetta said...

I am following on Twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/talonsmom731/status/1581282508

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shopannies said...

when I was a kid me and my mom raised prize winning flowers
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shopannies said...

twittered
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JMom said...

My favorite garden is of course our own :) But I'm also loving yours! We'd love to have more space.

I am now following your blog, following you on twitter and will tweet the contest. (Heard about your giveaway on Twitter, btw)

Will try blog and return with a url later.

ms-texas said...

my favorite book about a garden would be "The Secret Garden"


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ms-texas said...

i started following you on twitter
(bellows22) and I tweeted about
the giveaway!

http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/1581616114

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Tj and Amy said...

I remember my favorite garden was my grandmas. she worked out there all day long. It was so pretty she has vines of tomoatoes and lot so fruit I helped her pick them when they were ripe. I remember that being a great memory we shared together. amsbolda@hotmail.com

judybrittle said...

My favorite garden is the one we had every year growing up. We had a huge backyard and our relatives would all get together to plant the enormous garden and we all shared the veggies.
That was a great memory. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I follow on Twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/kewpiedoll04/status/1582714369

Diana D said...

Would love to win this for the grandsons. I haven't been too successful with a garden here in TX due to the over population of the deer. I tried when we first moved here but they eat everything as soon as it blooms. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Ally M said...

My grandmother had a lovely garden. She also did all the canning of vegetables from the garden. This where I first learned to garden and can. I think she was my first inspiration.

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Ally M said...

I subscribe by email to your blog.

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Nicole said...

I love the local public flower garden here. It's so pretty and nice to walk through when everything is blooming.

Jen said...

My mom's garden is my favorite. She has plants that belonged to each of my grandmothers moved from their homes, to her home, and now to her new home! She is a great gardener!

Anne said...

I'm thinking about the peter rabbit childrens book. Such a classic favorite!

The Spears Family said...

My favorite children's book about a garden... well actually my FAVORITE book of all time, which happens to be about a garden is "The Secret Garden" I still have the dog-earred copy of this book that was given to me by my mother and will pass it down to my daughter, whom I hope will love it just as much as I do!

Keilann
teq97[at]hotmail[dot]com

Staci said...

We love Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Such a cute books.
mommastaci33(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tasses said...

My favorite garden is in Indiana, in my hometown, where I was raised. My children loved there until they were 12, 10 and 5 years of age and we visited each summer thereafter. They loved playing in the garden, picking the veggies for harvest and especially eating the raspberries & blackberries right off the vine.

Tasses said...

I subscribe via Google Reader and also on Twitter.

I tweeted about the contest: http://twitter.com/Tasses/status/1589690721

rhapsodyinbooks said...

My favorite children's book about a garden would have to be The Secret Garden!

Thank for the contest!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Steph said...

My favorite garden is my husband's grandfather's. He grows the biggest blackberries I've ever seen!

Heather of the EO said...

My favorite garden was my grandfather's. Growing up, I spent HOURS in this HUGE garden, full of veggies and berries. Every time I pop a raspberry in my mouth to this day, I'm transported there :)

Looks like a great book!

rlgrady said...

My favorite story is The Secret Garden. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a great book.

rlgrady[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lindsay V said...

My favorite garden is the one that we just planted! We tried last year but nothing grew!

lindsmoore55 AT yahoo DOT com

EllyBean said...

I love vegetable gardens! I enjoy seeing the fruits of my labor and there's nothing like to eat food you've grown yourself and being able to share it with friends, family, and neighbors!


ellybean (at) connected2christ (dot) com
http://www.connected2christ.com

EllyBean said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/erinlowmaster/statuses/1595368621

Anonymous said...

My favorite children's book about a gardne is called "A Doll in the Garden." It is one of the first ghost stories I ever remember reading as a child and it nurtured the love I have for such stories today. It has a surprise ending that really wowed me when I was little :)
renee
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

Lisa said...

My favorite garden was my mom's. She used to have a huge garden every year, including fresh okra( my favorite,) and all the ingredients for homemade salsa.
iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

jamaise said...

My favorite garden book is a childhood memory - "Seeds and More Seeds". It was an I Can Read Book, but looking back, it was very well done.
you can see it here -
http://twisted-genius.squarespace.com/journal/2009/3/25/tomi-ungerer-seeds-and-more-seeds.html

Wehaf said...

I love my community garden, it's so much fun!

urchiken at gmail dot com

liane66 said...

My favorite garden is my parents. They go all out -- flowers, veggies -- its great.
Thanks for the giveaway!
kimspam66@yahoo.com

Mia J. said...

My favorite garden is my mothers garden. It has a nice variety of colorful flowers and beautiful trees. It is a very relaxing getaway.

quelleheure4 said...

The gardens of Versailles in Paris are absolutely exquisite! Nothing like them.
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quelleheure4 said...

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Tamara B. said...

My favorite garden was my Grandmother's. She had the most beautiful roses and flowers.

Kim said...

follow and tweeted http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/1621240931

Amy B. said...

My favorite garden was the one we had growing up - we grew green beans, strawberries, carrots, radishes.

Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.
adennispac@Yahoo.com

Amy B. said...

I am a follower!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Amy B.
adennispac@Yahoo.com

kateandlucy said...

My favorite garden is my mother's. It is very natural, cool, and shady. I will always aspire to have a garden like hers!

lilbabypug said...

when I was very small my father tended a garden in a vacant lot across from my grandma's house. I remember burying fish for fertilizer and growing the sweetest little yellow pear tomatos you ever tasted. I always have a garden now, and I love those memories.

Irene Yeates said...

Even though we lived in the city when I was growing up, our street was lined with Chestnut trees. It was so beautifl. The city came in and "chopped" these beautiful living trees down to widen the street for cars. Please enter me in the giveaway.
Thank you.

Deedles said...

My favorite garden is my own. Each year I like to plant at least one new variety of flower.

Tiffany819 said...

My favorite garden is the one I have in my mind to do at my house one day. We just haven't been able to yet. I would love to have fresh tomatoes for a salad! Thank you for the giveaway.

z. Smith said...

My favorite garden book is "how to have a green thumb without an aching back" by Ruth Stout.

z. Smith said...

I follow you on twitter – I am @zwriter!

I tweeted:

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Molly C. said...

We are starting our own garden, so I would have to say ours will be my fave. lol

Anonymous said...

We saw the gardens built by Catherine the Great at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. They were amazing.

pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

janetfaye said...

My favorite is Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I follow on Twitter and I sent a tweet:
http://twitter.com/Janetfaye/status/1685409437

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techyone said...

"The Secret Garden" is my favorite unless you count "Jack and the Beanstalk". Hey, I'd love to grow beans that big!

bboyle said...

My favorite book about a garden is The Secret Garden. It had such mystery.

Leslie S. said...

I have read the secret garden to my girls and they loved it.I did too at thier age.Thanks!

kathy pease said...

i would have to say my garden it is just starting to bloom and its gorgeous :)

auntrene said...

Our favorite garden is the Kingwood Center in Mansfield Ohio, It is absolutely beautiful. In the Spring, the massive amounts of Tulips, and Daffodils are amazing. Beautiful place.
Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. WE love books!

Rajee said...

My favorite children's book about a garden is THE GARDENER,
I posted all ur links in my blog
http://rajeeslifestyle.blogspot.com/2009/05/giveaways-around-blogospheremay1st-to.html.
my twitter name @myproductreview


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Abby said...

I always loved the book The Secret Garden!

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Pamela Lytle said...

I'm curious about what makes a book "golden" to a young child. I had a teacher in the third grade who read us, at lunchtime, "The Secret Garden". I was enthralled, as were all the children in the class, and couldn't wait for the morning to be over. I'd love to be able to WRITE a book like that, and am curious about how to get started. plytle1 at comcast dot net.

annerenee said...

Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear by N.M. Bodecker, illustrated by Erik Blegvad is my all-time favorite garden book : )