The Invisible Garden

  • Pages:64
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Imagination, exploration, adventure, nature, garden
  • Available:04/09/2019
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:NP
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:J
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With very little text, this book lets the illustrations tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than herself.

A young girl and her family travel from the city to the country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne, as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden, and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble...and a grasshopper...and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she discovers the freedom of her imagination.

★ "Ferrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel."
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Captures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead."
– Publishers Weekly
"There's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story."
– Quill & Quire
"Use in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling"
– Resource Links
"Interesting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This book is perfectly delightful.”

– Kiss the Book blog

“A fantastical trip of the imagination…Gorgeous art, almost abstract, with deep watery colors, takes the reader on a completely unique journey.”

– Youth Services Book Review

★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.”

– Canadian Children's Book News, starred review
“Soft, otherworldly illustrations, which play with size, shape, and perspective, pull the reader through Arianne's apparent dream.”
– The Horn Book Online
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