Every year my father and I plant a garden. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, marigolds, and zinnias grow in neat, straight rows. We pull the weeds that pop up, and we water, mulch, and tend it all through the summer - cutting the flowers to make bouquets for the kitchen table or to give to Mrs. Murowski, our neighbor who broke her hip last winter and has to walk with a cane.
And every spring my father tells me about Mr. Bellavista and the summer my father was ten.
Paterson Prize for Yound People
National Parenting Publications Honor Award
Teachers' Choices - International Reading Association
Teachers' Choice Award - Learning magazine
"Growing a garden is fact and metaphor in this profoundly moving cross-generational story with a neighborhood drama that children will relate to and exquisite watercolors that celebrate renewal and connection." - Booklist, starred review
"A careless, destructive act leads to lifelong friendship and a family tradition in this moving stunningly illustrated story." - Kirkus Reviews, pointer review
"[A] serious and thoughtful examination of childhood blunders." - Instructor
"Vibrant, meticulous watercolors accompany this moving story." - American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists"