The Garden of Happiness

Hardcover | February 1, 2001

byErika TamarIllustratorBarbara Lambase

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A littered lot in New York's Alphabet City is transformed into a lush garden by people of the neighborhood. Young Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As it grows up and up, it surprises everyone and becomes the most special plant in the Garden of Happiness. 'A book with the welcome message that beauty can be everywhere.' - Booklist

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Marisol and her neighbors turn a vacant New York City lot into a lush community garden

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A littered lot in New York's Alphabet City is transformed into a lush garden by people of the neighborhood. Young Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As it grows up and up, it surprises everyone and becomes the most special plant in the Garden of Happiness. 'A book with the welcome message that ...

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On Marisol's block near East Houston Street there was an empty lot filled with garbage and broken, tired things. One day her neighbors join together to clean up the lot and transform it into a community garden. Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As Mr. Ortiz's habichuelas and Mrs. Willie Mae Wa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 12.36 × 9.36 × 0.42 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152305823

ISBN - 13:9780152305826

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Marisol and her neighbors turn a vacant New York City lot into a lush community garden

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Kindergarten-Grade 3 Marisol, who lives near East Houston Street on New York City's Lower East Side, is surprised one morning to see her neighbors busily clearing a garbage-filled lot. Soon after, they plant the vegetables that remind them of the places where they grew up. Mrs. Washington has seeds for black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes; Mr. Ortiz watches over his habichuelas from Puerto Rico; Mr. Singh has beans from Bangladesh; Mr. Castro has tomato seedlings. There isn't much space for Marisol, but she does plant one seed that grows into a beautiful sunflower. Then fall comes, and it dies. All is not lost, though, for the teenagers who have been seeking inspiration for a wall mural across the street create a sunny splash of giant yellow flowers. Full-page oil paintings explode with bright colors and offbeat perspectives. Those looking for an urban, multicultural picture book and even a tie-in to a gardening project will enjoy this straightforward story. Susan Pine, New York Public Library