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How does this city garden grow? With help from L’il Sissy and her siblings--and love, love, love! A celebration of nature, family, and food.
Visiting the city from her home in the suburbs, an African American girl sees how a few packets of seeds, some helping hands, and hard work transform an empty lot in a housing project into a magical place where vegetables grow and family gathers. It’s the magic of nature in the heart of the city!
Bernette Ford’s autobiographical story is a loving glimpse at a girl, her siblings, and her uncle, and their shared passion for farming. L’l Sissy’s fascination with measurement, comparison, and estimation introduces children to STEM concepts. And the progress of Uncle John’s garden introduces readers to the life cycle of plants.
Frank Morrison, winner of multiple Coretta Scott King awards and an NAACP Image Award, depicts dramatic cityscapes as well as the luscious colors and textures of Nature.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
About the Author
Bernette Ford is the co-author of the ground-breaking bestseller, Bright Eyes, Brown Skin. She is also author of the bestselling Ballet Kitty series, No More Diapers for Ducky, and for Holiday House, First Snow. She is highly regarded in the children's book community, and particularly in the African American children's book community. Uncle John’s City Garden, inspired by her uncle’s urban garden, is her first book with Holiday House.
Before becoming a children’s book illustrator, Frank Morrison was a graffiti artist and break dancer. While on tour in Europe, he visited the Louvre, where paintings by the Masters inspired him to take his art in a new direction. Frank has won a Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medal. Uncle John’s City Garden is his first book for Holiday House.
★ "Capturing the togetherness as well as the wonder of working side by side in the garden, brown faces glisten and elongated limbs rise up toward the sun, just as the garden itself rises. . . . . An inviting story that is also a fine example of using everyday life to exemplify science and success. A joy to experience!"—Booklist, Starred Review
"This visually lush story paints a memorable, sensory-rich portrait of family bonding through gardening"—The Horn Book
"The madly saturated colors of picture-perfect plants bring vibrancy, and the body language of the siblings is both sturdy and dynamic."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Aptly partnered, the creators present a moving picture of how food can bind people and communities."—Publishers Weekly
"Ford’s lovingly remembered autobiographical tale highlights the power of urban gardening to foster community, revive decaying property, create food resiliency, and even promote STEM learning. The figures in Morrison’s oil-and–spray-paint paintings emote pride and quiet joy, challenging the negative association between African American people and farming."—Kirkus Reviews