EMWF Kids: What Grew in Larry's Garden

Tuesday May 26, 10:30 a.m. EST (online)

Presenters: Author Laura Alary and illustrator Kass Reich
For ages: 4 to 7 (but gardeners of all ages are welcome!)

This event will include ASL Interpretation.

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. And when that garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry's example to find the perfect solution.

Learning themes: Generosity, community activism, care for the environment, life science exploration of growth and changes in plants. There are education connections to caring, cooperation, empathy, kindness, perseverance, and teamwork.

Register

What Grew in Larry’s Garden
Written by Laura Alary and illustrated by Kass Reich
Published by Kids Can Press

A girl and her neighbor grow a community from their 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. Inspired by a real person, author Laura Alary has written a heartwarming story about how amazing things can grow when you tend your garden with kindness. In this case, Larry, a teacher, is helping to grow community. He has his students grow tomato plants that they then give away to their neighbors with personal notes. It offers a powerful lesson on the influence of generosity, while encouraging young children to become community activists in their own neighborhoods. This uplifting story fosters an appreciation for neighborhood and community at a time when that sentiment seems to be eroding.

Laura Alary has loved books since she was barely big enough to clamber up the steps to the bookmobile that rolled into her Halifax neighborhood once a week. At school, she made her own books out of manila paper, mucilage and crayons. The first story she can remember writing was about a little girl who kept spilling paint and having to figure out how to turn the messes into pictures (a good rule for life). These days, Laura considers herself very lucky to work in a beautiful library and write her own books. They look more professional than the homemade ones, but the joy of creating them is much the same. Laura also loves to sing, play guitar (a work in progress) and try to keep up with what her three children are reading. She makes her home in Toronto where, along with clover and a whole lot of dandelions, she does her best to grow kindness.

Image

Kass Reich was born in Montreal, Canada. She works as an artist and educator and has spent the majority of the last decade traveling and living abroad. Kass graduated with a degree in Art Education from Concordia University, then picked up and moved to Beijing, where she worked as an early childhood educator for nearly three years. Working with little ones inspired her to start making picture books for very young learners. After Beijing, she lived in Hong Kong, London and Melbourne. She now finds herself back in Canada, but this time in Toronto.

Want a copy of the book?

The Bookshelf (Guelph) is our bookselling partner for this event. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book from this event, you can order online at bookshelf.ca or phone 519-821-3311 x1. Free shipping or curbside delivery in Guelph. $10.00 shipping cost outside of Guelph.

Thank you to our supporters:
The Pollock Family Fund (Lead Funder, Children's Programming)
The Angel Gabriel Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, The Ontario Arts Council and Wellington County.