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Mishan's Garden

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In a village high above the clouds, where nobody's happy and nothing grows, a little girl dreams of a garden flourishing behind her father's house. Every day the cynical villagers watch and mock the little girl. But, watered with her kindness and patience, the garden eventually yields the most important fruit: the restored hope and happiness of the entire village. Perhaps the greatest gift you can ever give another is to hold them in the highest regard and to see what is best and unique about them. In Mishan's ...

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Overview

In a village high above the clouds, where nobody's happy and nothing grows, a little girl dreams of a garden flourishing behind her father's house. Every day the cynical villagers watch and mock the little girl. But, watered with her kindness and patience, the garden eventually yields the most important fruit: the restored hope and happiness of the entire village. Perhaps the greatest gift you can ever give another is to hold them in the highest regard and to see what is best and unique about them. In Mishan's Garden, a little girl sees all that is good and beautiful in the hearts of everyone around her and thereby transforms the lives of her entire village.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
Mishan lives in “The Village Above the White Clouds” in remotest China, where nothing grows and “no one belongs.” Taking to heart her father’s dream that, one day, a beautiful “garden of hopes and dreams” will flourish at their inn, Mishan plants seeds in the snow and tells the despondent, cynical villagers that they are like the loving, giving forces of nature. When selflessness and a sense of community finally prevail, Mishan’s garden blooms, and her fame spreads. Although Vollbracht’s heroine never becomes much more than a sweet-faced mouthpiece, the restrained storytelling is quietly compelling, and Brooke’s crisply inked watercolor portraits of village life and colorfully costumed characters are vivid enough to maintain the story’s momentum. This book is a significant revision of Her Father’s Garden (1996). Ages 5–up. (Oct.)
Light of Consciousness
"A charming story and beautifully illustrated."
Kerry Lee MacLean
"Though she is just a little girl, Mishan's good heart transforms an entire village, creating a truly peaceful society. Exquisite paintings perfectly illustrate an inspiring story of ordinary magic."
Sara Marlowe
"A heartfelt story that reminds us to never let go of our dreams."
Shambhala Sun
"A lovely, read-aloud tale written with great poetry."
From the Publisher

“A lovely, read-aloud tale written with great poetry.”—Shambhala Sun

“A charming story and beautifully illustrated.”—Light of Consciousness

“Though she is just a little girl, Mishan’s good heart transforms an entire village, creating a truly peaceful society. Exquisite paintings perfectly illustrate an inspiring story of ordinary magic.” —Kerry Lee MacLean, author of Moody Cow Learns Compassion and Moody Cow Meditates

“A heartfelt story that reminds us to never let go of our dreams.”—Sara Marlowe, author of No Ordinary Apple

Praise for Her Father’s Garden:
"A lovely, read-aloud tale written with great poetry." — Shambhala Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614291121
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,022,533
  • Age range: 5 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James Vollbracht is the author of several children's books, as well as Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids. With a BA and MA in education, he has been the director of several training initiatives to improve the lives of youth. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

A long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Janet Brooke lives in Los Gatos, California.

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Beginning of Mishan's Garden

Long ago, in the Village Above the White Clouds, lived Mishan, daughter of the innkeeper.
On the morning she was born, a pure white songbird sang a song that was so beautiful everyone said that for a moment Heaven and Earth seemed as one.
As she grew up, Mishan helped her father take care of the inn.
Every day she heard the villagers complain, “We live in a village where it is so cold nothing ever grows!”
Others agreed. “Yes, it is a place where no one belongs.”
Each night, Mishan and her father would sit before the fire.
One evening, her father said, “Mishan, some day a beautiful garden will grow behind the Inn. A garden more beautiful than anyone has ever seen. It will be a garden of hopes and dreams.”
“But Father,” Mishan replied, “everyone says it is far too cold for anything to grow, and that nothing good could ever come from our village.”
Taking her tiny hands, he said, “I know what appears to be. But always remember, Mishan, things are not always what they seem!”

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