The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault the-good-garden(obtained as an electronic galley at NetGalley) is an inspiring story of a young girl from the hills of Honduras who helped her family learn how to grow their crops sustainably. Although listed in the children’s nonfiction section, the use of dialogue and made up names pushes it over into the creative nonfiction category.

In the beginning María’s family was struggling to grow enough even to feed themselves. When a new teacher comes to town, he teaches everyone new ways to grow crops, for example using terraces to cut down on erosion. Later he shows María and her family how to take their extra vegetables to the town and sell them directly, cutting out the greedy middle men called coyotes. By the end, they are able to make enough money to cover their basic needs.

Sylvie Daigneault’s illustrations are really what make this book. They are simply magical. You can see full examples in this post by Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough (CitizenKid) has a wonderful message about grassroots change and sustainability issues, but it also is an excellent introduction to another language and another culture. It has numerous Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text. With all that is being said recently about lack of diversity in children’s books, here is one prominent exception.

Trailer:

Age Range: 8 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1554534887
ISBN-13: 978-1554534883

 

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Comments

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough — 10 Comments

  1. This title pairs perfectly with Jama’s contribution this Nonfiction Monday! The video trailer was lovely, too.

  2. So nice to hear about this book. Will have to look for it. Thanks for the nice review and for posting the trailer. 🙂

  3. What an amazing trailer! I think you know that I am a sucker for multicultural and multilingual books, so I am definitely going to look this one up!

  4. Thanks so much for your review on this wonderful and important story! And also for linking up to our Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I think these types of picture books can inspire kids to change the world!

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