Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Liam is a curious boy who finds a staircase to the old rail system above his grey and drab town. He discovers a small tree and a few flowers struggling to grow among the old rails. He tries to nurture them with increasing success as he learns how to take care of the garden. It takes over the dingy railway and turns it into a colorful playground full of fun and adventure. When winter comes and Liam can no longer climb to his garden, he starts planning what to do next year. With more tools and ideas this time, he nurtures the garden. It spreads to housetops all over town, and what was once a boring city springs into verdant life!
This book is a great story that encourages everyone to put a little nature into their life. The pages, the people, and the city come to life from drab brown artwork to colorful images of vibrant city gardens. The book shares a good message of not accepting anything just as it is, but striving to make it better, and not being afraid to try something new, whether you know what you're doing or not. This story will make readers ask themselves what they can accomplish with a little effort and desire. This is an outstanding story of hope, encouragement and environmental responsibility.