The Curious Garden by Peter Brown tells the story of a dreary city with no trees or gardens and a little boy named Liam who loved to explore. He discovered a patch of vegetation on an old elevated railroad bed and decided to water and tend the plants he found. The vegetation spread along the elevated tracks, but soon winter came and Liam found that all he could do was read about gardening and get ready for the spring. With the end of winter, the garden expanded into the city in many unexpected ways. Other children joined Liam and started tending the plants, which grew to topiary proportions! The author says in his notes at the end that he always wondered what would happen if an entire city were to cooperate with nature. The illustrations are charming in this lovely book about nature and how we can nurture it.
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