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Big Idea

Big Idea

by Ellen Schecter, Erin McCormack (Editor), Bob Dorsey (Illustrator)

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Gr 3-5Luz lives in a large city where it's hard for her to find any sign of spring. One day, as she gazes at a vacant lot on her block, she fondly remembers her grandfather's garden in Puerto Rico and is inspired to turn the deserted eyesore into an oasis. A police officer tells her of a local group, the Green Giants, who investigate the property and help her begin the long process. She finds that getting people to help her do the work is even harder than gaining permission to try. But she perseveres, and as the garden begins to take shape, more and more neighbors pitch in. The story is primarily a vehicle to promote Schecter's advocacy of turning vacant lots into gardens; there is even an address given at the end for people interested in doing so. Nevertheless, the story is entertaining, and it carries a good message. The author does not gloss over the amount of work involved or the difficulty of finding willing participants.Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

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