A littered lot in New York's Alphabet City is transformed into a lush garden by people of the neighborhood. Young Marisol finds a small patch of her own, where she plants a large, flat seed. As it grows up and up, it surprises everyone and becomes the most special plant in the Garden of Happiness.
"Beautifying neighborhoods has been the subject of picture books before, but this has both an element of fantasy and a friendly naturalness that will appeal directly to the audience. The artwork catches both of these attributes. Done in oils, the wonderful paintings, with their stylized shapes and pure colors, are impressionistic in spirit, unrestrained and full of movement, yet grounded in simple neighborhood moments like feeding the pigeons or sitting on the stoop. A book with the welcome message that beauty can be everywhere." -- Booklist