The Imaginary Garden
Illustrations by Irene Luxbacher
Kids Can Press, 2009
A little girl named Theo loved to visit her grandfather, Poppa, in his old house and sit in his old garden and talk about flowers. But when Poppa moves to an apartment, Theo is sad that they no longer have a garden to share. Poppa comes up with an idea to make an imaginary garden. So, together they paint the beginnings of a garden on a giant canvas Poppa sets up on the balcony. They have fun painting in the grass, soil and even a robin. But when it comes time to make the garden ‘bloom’, its’ also time for Poppa to go on holiday and Theo worries about what will happen to their garden. He tells her she will know what to do and she does figure it out on her own.
This is a charming story about using your imagination to create something you want but are unable to have; it celebrates the joy of art and the fun of creating something with someone you love. The illustrations are simple pen and ink drawings colored in with air brushing, watercolors, paper and fabric.
Rating 3 out of 5 paws
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