The Bear's Garden

Marcie Colleen
Alison Oliver

Inspired by the true story of a community garden in Brooklyn, New York, The Bear’s Garden is a testament to how imagination and dedication can transform communities and create beauty for everyone in unexpected places.

A little girl sees an empty lot in a city and imagines what it can be.

She sees
a place to grow,
a place to play,
and a place to love.

With the help of her stuffed bear, the girl brings her community together to create a beautiful garden.

Praise for The Bear's Garden

★ “A well-illustrated, beautifully written tale of encouragement for budding gardeners.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A simple, powerful ode to community betterment.” — Booklist

[An] affectionate ode to a community garden.” — Publishers Weekly

"An imaginative little girl who can always see the beauty in things transforms the empty city lot across from her apartment and in turn her neighborhood. A great addition to the growing urban gardens genre, and a good general purchase.”— School Library Journal

A sweet reminder of how powerful communities can be when they come together to create something beautiful...may inspire viewers to plant a garden of their own...the simple, lyrical text will also be easy for younger would-be readers to follow, and the girl’s garden really does become “a place to grow,” “a place to play,” and “a place to love.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books