The Bear's Garden

The Bear's Garden

3.93 (310 ratings by Goodreads)
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Inspired by the true story of a community garden in Brooklyn, New York, this picture book, The Bear's Garden, by writer Marcie Colleen and illustrator Alison Oliver, is a testament to how imagination and dedication can transform communities and create beauty for everyone in unexpected places.

A little girl sees an empty lot in a city and imagines what it can be.

She sees
a place to grow,
a place to play,
and a place to love.

With the help of her stuffed bear, the girl brings her community together to create a beautiful garden.

An Imprint Book

A well-illustrated, beautifully written tale of encouragement. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Product details

  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 225 x 289 x 13mm | 416g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • full-color illustrations throughout
  • 125031481X
  • 9781250314819
  • 647,967

Review quote

[An] affectionate ode to a community garden...striking illustrations that combine sharp geometric forms with expressive brushy textures -- Publishers Weekly

A simple, powerful ode to community betterment. -- Booklist

A sweet reminder of how powerful communities can be when they come together to create something beautiful. -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

An imaginative little girl who can always see the beauty in things transforms the empty city lot across from her apartment and in turn her neighborhood. --School Library Journal
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About Marcie Colleen

Marcie Colleen is the award-winning author of the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series, and picture books Love, Triangle, and Penguinaut! While she misses living down the street from the Brooklyn Bear's Community Garden in New York City, Marcie now lives in San Diego, California, where flowers bloom all year round. Visit her website to learn more.

Alison Oliver is the author-illustrator of picture books Moon and Sun and the Be Bold, Baby! board book series, featuring biographies of strong, inspiring women. She's also the illustrator of thirty BabyLit board books. She lives in New York City, where she runs a design studio called Sugar.
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Rating details

310 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 25% (76)
4 47% (146)
3 25% (78)
2 3% (10)
1 0% (0)
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