The Good Garden

The Good Garden

How One Family Went From Hunger to Having Enough

Book - 2010
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From the best-selling author of One Hen comes the inspiring story of one struggling farming family in Honduras and their journey to growing enough food to meet their needs. Based on the real story of farm transformation underway in Honduras and many other countries, this book offers children ways they can be part of the movement to grow "good gardens" and foster food security.

Eleven-year-old María Luz and her family live on a small farm. This year their crop is poor, and they may not have enough to eat or to sell for other essentials, such as health care, school uniforms and books.

When María's father must leave home to find work, she is left in charge of their garden. Then a new teacher comes to María's school and introduces her to sustainable farming practices that yield good crops. As María begins to use the same methods at home, she too sees improvements, which allow her family to edge their way out of the grip of the greedy ?coyotes? --- the middlemen who make profits on the backs of poor farmers. Little by little, the farms --- and the hopes --- of María and her neighbors are transformed as good gardens begin to grow.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781554534883
Branch Call Number: J 363 .8 MIL
Characteristics: 30 p. :,col. ill. ;,32 cm
Additional Contributors: Daigneault, Sylvie


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Feb 14, 2018

Absolutely beautiful picture book with gorgeous paintings and a wonderful story that’s not only good for learning but also positive and encouraging. I love that this story connects us instantly to another culture and as loving EQUALS. “Big or small there’s a difference only YOU can make”, that message is loud and clear here in a loving way.❤️

May 30, 2017

My four year old loved it. It showed how a little girl could make a big difference and beat those old mean coyotes.

Aug 17, 2016

My 8-year-old (and I) really enjoyed this story. The illustrations were also beautiful.

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