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The Forgiveness Garden

The Forgiveness Garden

Lauren Thompson; Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Macmillan Young Listeners



Macmillan Young Listeners

Macmillan Audio


ISBN: 9781427232748

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.

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

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

In the Press

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

Lauren Thompson; Read by Barbara Rosenblat

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.

Named "the gold standard" of audiobook narrators and "a voice of the century" by AudioFile Magazine, Barbara Rosenblat is one of the most beloved artists in the industry, having won an impressive 8 Audies along with over 40 Earphone Awards and the 2010 Odyssey Medal for Best Audio Production. An accomplished theater, film, and television actress, Rosenblat has been featured on Orange is the New Black and has performed both on Broadway and in London's West End theatre.