Bestselling author Andrew Larsen brings a light touch and gentle humor to this picture book story about several kinds of growth --- of the boys and their friendship, the flowers in the newly thriving lot, and the community that comes together around it. Award-winning artist Anne Villeneuve's illustrations add a visual layer to the storytelling as they show the transformation from mostly gray to vibrant color, both literally, in the blossoming garden, and figuratively, in the now engaged neighborhood. This book highlights the value of connecting to nature, even in urban areas, and the sense of community that comes from civic engagement. It's an excellent choice for character education lessons on kindness, generosity and citizenship.
"This is a heartwarming story of serendipity and connection, both among people and with the environment." — Booklist, starred review
"A sweet story that celebrates community coming together to create something wonderful." — Kirkus Reviews
"A lovely addition to libraries and classrooms, especially those looking for multicultural characters and insightful books about friendship." — School Library Journal