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What Grew in Larry's Garden

Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard next door to hers, Larry grows the most extraordinary vegetables. Grace loves helping him — watering and weeding, planting and pruning, hoeing and harvesting. And whenever there's a problem, like bugs burrowing into the carrots or slugs chewing the lettuce, Grace and Larry solve it together. Grace soon learns that Larry has big plans for the vegetables in his special garden. And when that garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry's example to find the perfect solution.

Author Laura Alary has written a heartwarming story, inspired by real-life teacher Larry Zacharko, about how amazing things can grow when you tend your garden with kindness. Larry helps grow his community alongside the tomato plants, offering a powerful lesson on the influence of generosity, while encouraging young children to become community activists in their own neighborhoods. Uplifting and empowering, it's sure to encourage kids to see what their own kindness and dedication could grow.

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"The duo faces a different challenge when Larry’s neighbor adds a high fence panel that 'makes him feel safe,' enveloping the garden in darkness.... An author’s note drives home the theme of sowing compassion, revealing the real-life inspiration: teacher Larry Zacharko and his tomato project, which helped students 'who had troubles both at home and at school' to see the possibility of cultivating personal and communal growth." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Laura Alary
Illustrator Kass Reich
ISBN 152530108X
Publication Date Apr 7, 2020
Publisher Kids Can Press
Language English