The Bear's Garden
Author: Marcie Colleen; illustrated by Alison Oliver
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.
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
In The News
"[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