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Grow Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—Crazy Berneetha believes that she can turn a garbage-strewn vacant lot into a garden and she exudes so much excitement that 12-year-old Kate joins her in her quest. Although the neighbors look askance at the project in the beginning, slowly they are drawn in—graffiti painter Harlan works the tiller, Dr. Arockiasamy from the clinic tends the tomatoes, grumpy Mr. Wasserman provides some manure, and the young Simpson brothers water the plants. As the garden grows, so do the friendships, but trouble lies ahead: the plot has been rezoned and will be turned into a parking garage. Although the neighbors join together, they are unsuccessful in their attempt to stop progress. Just when it looks like all is lost, firefighter Tony offers the empty lot next to the station and the whole community helps to transplant the flowers and vegetables. This short novel in verse is beautifully written with pleasing alliteration and flowing lines. Havill creates real characters with depth even though the text is minimal. Emotions ring true: readers feel Kate's anguish over the death of a cat as well as her exuberance when she realizes there's a solution to an overwhelming problem. The verse is filled with meaningful phrases ("…weeds can be anything, even beautiful flowers…") and is a joy to read. Whimsical line drawings add to the heartwarming story.—Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
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“Corner lot” is a beautiful pun that works as both fact and metaphor in this moving verse novel about a neighborhood garden in Minneapolis, where people across generations and backgrounds find riches in working together. But there’s more than just message here; there’s a real story, narrated by 12-year-old Kate, in spare, free verse with short lines that say a lot. Stressed about being overweight and sad about her absent dad, Kate finds support from big Berneetha while helping in the garden; the garden thrives as more and more people work there––including a physician, a teenage “graffiti gangster,” and a gay army vet and his partner. They all stand up to officials who want “to bury the flowers and vegetables under slabs of cement” to build a parking garage. With quiet scribbly drawings of the tendrils of snap beans, wild dancing of feet, and lacy leaves, the pages depict the power of working as a community. Grades 2-5. --Hazel Rochman
Top customer reviews
Kate may be the narrator of this tale, but Berneetha is the glue that holds everything together. When Berneetha the cat lady decides to grow a garden in the middle of nothing, twelve-year-old Kate is reluctant to help. Everyone is sure to think the two of them are crazy. Except, soon it's not just the two of them. As people join the crusade to clean up the empty lot, more than just a garden is grown from nothing.
"A weed is anything growing
Where you don't want it to grow.
I don't know
where Harlan lives,
only that he looks hungry most days
and he doesn't want
to go home in the evening.
I don't think I'll tell him
about that garden-book
theory of weeds."
This emotional story is shown in brilliant illustrations by Stanislawa Kodman, whose name will stick in my mind because I cannot forget the person who created these drawings. The simple, everyday items that are twisted into beauty. Junk into treasure. The theme of the book perfectly drawn out by both author and illustrator. What a team.
And not to be overlooked is the quality of the book itself. A silky smooth dust jacket, featuring brilliantly composed illustrations by Kodman. Large, light print on the inside that makes an already easy-to-read book even easier on the eye.
The only thing missing from this book is an award sticker.
Reviewed by: Julie M. Prince
if for some reason you don't like prose, it's still worth it to get the book for the illustrations... just beautiful, delicate, and imaginative.