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Mr. Goethe’s Garden tells the story of a unique friendship between an inquisitive young girl, Irena, and her neighbor—the elderly, world-famous playwright, artist and natural scientist, Johann von Goethe. Irena visits Mr. Goethe in his well-tended garden where he teaches her to draw and to observe the world of nature in a special way.
Set in the 1830s, this book was inspired by Goethe’s life and his botanical treatise The Metamorphosis of the Plant. Exquisitely sensitive illustrations and elegant text reveal the intricate wonders of the plant kingdom. As the bonds of friendship deepen between Irena and her wise neighbor, she experiences a new way of seeing the natural cycle of the plant—from seed to flower to fruit and to seed again. “Like friends, plants tell you their secrets only when they know you care. Just practice listening with your eyes, and one day when you least expect it, you will see with your heart and be swept up into nature’s dance.”
An informative afterword describes the life of Goethe and his many accomplishments. (Ages 6–9)
About the Author:
Diana Cohn is an educator with an active commitment to social justice work. She was a teacher for many years, and now works for a national foundation that supports communities organizing for economic and environmental justice. She has a master’s degree in education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She is the author of Dream Carver and Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! Janitor Strike in L.A.
Paul Mirocha, a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, has illustrated more than 22 books. His first, Gathering the Desert, won the John Burroughs Award for best natural history book. Paul has two daughters, and lives in Tucson, Arizona, surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran desert.
In the 1830s, a young girl visits her neighbor, the famous author, artist, and naturalist, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and they talk and paint together in his garden. Includes a biographical summary of Goethe.