HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver – THE BEAR’S GARDEN is available now!

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver on the publication of their newest picture book, THE BEAR’S GARDEN!, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a well-illustrated, beautifully written tale of encouragement,” in a starred review.

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.


“A well-illustrated, beautifully written tale of encouragement for budding gardeners.” — STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“Seamlessly marrying truth and imagination, this charming story reminds readers of the importance of one person’s care and the power of community.” — BookRoo

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

“… a sweet reminder of how powerful communities can be when they come together to create something beautiful.”— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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

“A great addition to the growing urban gardens genre, and a good general purchase.” — School Library Journal

To purchase copies of THE BEAR’S GARDEN, please click here.

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