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The Patchwork Garden / Pedacitos de Huerto
     

The Patchwork Garden / Pedacitos de Huerto

by Diane De Anda, Gabriela Baeza Ventura (Translator), Oksana Kemarskaya (Illustrator)
 
Toña loves to listen to her Abuela's stories about when she was a young girl. When her grandmother remembers planting a vegetable garden “on my own little square patch of land,” Toña wishes she too could have her very own garden. Their apartment building is surrounded by cement, but Abuela reminds her that it only takes a small patch of land

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Toña loves to listen to her Abuela's stories about when she was a young girl. When her grandmother remembers planting a vegetable garden “on my own little square patch of land,” Toña wishes she too could have her very own garden. Their apartment building is surrounded by cement, but Abuela reminds her that it only takes a small patch of land to grow tomatoes or squash and even carrots. And soon, they have a plan!

First, they speak to Father Anselmo about a weed-filled lot behind the church. He likes the idea of beautiful green plants instead of weeds, and fresh vegetables sound delicious too! With help from her family, Toña yanks out the weeds and plants rows of vegetables. Each day after school, she and Abuela water the seedlings and pull out weeds that have sneaked in between the plants. In a few weeks, “the garden was green with lacy carrot tops in a row, vines of squash curling on the ground and bushy green tomato plants.

Toña loves the garden, but feels sad for all the children who walk by and wish they had a garden of their very own, too. Then her grandmother's quilt gives Toña an idea. Together they find little plots of land all around the neighborhood for the other children, and soon the community is full of small garden patches that remind Toña of Abuela's patchwork quilt.

With brightly hued illustrations that depict a cityscape full of multiple generations working towards a common goal, children ages 7 — 10 will be inspired to plant—and perhaps even eat!— their own vegetables after reading this charming bilingual picture book.

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Kirkus Reviews
A grandmother's vision and instruction inspires a little girl to change the desolate look of her inner-city neighborhood by encouraging the community to plant a series of vegetable gardens. Toña's abuela explains how the garden she cultivated as a small girl on her own little square patch of land yielded the sweet tomatoes she loved. Together, grandmother and granddaughter walk through the neighborhood, finding lots of small, weed-filled patches next to apartment buildings or behind churches and adjacent to businesses. Father Anselmo allows them to plant a small garden in place of "the dry ugly weeds" behind the church, imagining the delicious salads and steamed vegetables it will produce. This positive example is replicated throughout the barrio, developing into "The Patchwork Garden Club." The community's efforts pay off when, in a few weeks, the streets are decorated with greenery and flowering plants that will soon be harvested for delicious, nutritious eating. The English-over-Spanish narrative is lengthy but accessible and pleasing. Its positive message of collaboration and cooperation is enhanced by gouache paintings that cheerily depict a recognizably Latino neighborhood. A worthwhile, eco-friendly bilingual edition. (Picture book. 5-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558857636
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
05/31/2013
Pages:
1
Sales rank:
308,859
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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