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Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood

S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Aug. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534402317.
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PreS-Gr 3–Ideas plus action yield big rewards is the premise of this debut picture book, written by the founder and executive director of Harlem Grown, a New York City community garden collective. The text offers a historical account of the origins of Hillery’s organization and an inspirational story about working together to meet a community need. Acclaimed illustrator Hartland (Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science) features characters of various ages and ethnicities. Led by Mr. Tony (and inspired by a little girl named Nevaeh), the community members clean an empty lot, prepare the land, and plant fruits and vegetables. The whimsical illustrations, framed by a palette of muted and lush greens and complementary colors, perfectly capture the book’s theme of growth and collaboration. Instructions for starting a garden anywhere and additional resources for children and their families are included.
VERDICT A wonderful addition to picture book collections in school and public libraries.

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