The Forgiveness Garden

Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Christy Hale

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A long time ago and far away--although it could be here, and it could be now--a boy threw a stone and injured a girl. For as long as anyone could remember, their families had been enemies, and their towns as well, so it was no surprise that something bad had happened.

Hate had happened. Revenge had happened. And that inspired more hate and more calls for revenge. But this time, a young girl decided to try something different...

Inspired by the original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon, and the movement that has grown up around it, Lauren Thompson has created a timeless parable for all ages that shows readers a better way to resolve conflicts and emphasizes the importance of moving forward together.

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Praise for The Forgiveness Garden

"There are many possible paths to peace, but learning forgiveness is essential to all of them, as this book demonstrates.”--Kirkus

 

"The purposeful messages are balanced by the personal story that shows how difficult it can be to create peace, and the afterword will help kids connect news headlines with their own schoolyard standoffs." -- Booklist

 "This is a thought-provoking gateway into discussions about conflict, war, and, most importantly, the ability of willing souls to strive for reconciliation and forgiveness." -- School Library Journal


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Children's Review: The Forgiveness Garden by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Christy Hale. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-312-62599-3
Two fictional warring villages, Vayam and Gamte, sit across a stream from each other. When a Gamte boy named Karune throws a rock and injures a Vayam girl, revenge is expected. But the girl, Sama, for
- Publishers Weekly


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About the Author

Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Christy Hale

LAUREN THOMPSON is the bestselling author of numerous picture books, including the Little Quack series. Her previous book for Feiwel and Friends is Ballerina Dreams. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their son.

CHRISTY HALE has illustrated many picture books and is also the author of The East-West House. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband and their daughter.

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The Forgiveness Garden
Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Christy Hale

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List

Hardcover

Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
October 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312625993
ISBN10: 0312625995
Picture Book
8 1/2 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations + ends
Age Range: 4 to 6
Grade Range: k to 1
$16.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners
December 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427232748
ISBN10: 1427232741

Age Range: 4 to 6
Grade Range: k to 1
$1.99

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
Feiwel & Friends
October 2012
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466818316
ISBN10: 146681831X
eBook Picture Book - Amazon32 pages, Full-color illustrations + ends
Age Range: 4 to 6
Grade Range: k to 1
$9.99
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