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Children's Fiction Poetry (see Also Stories In Verse)

Imagine a Garden

Stories of Courage Changing the World

by (author) Rina Singh

illustrated by Hoda Hadadi

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Diversity & Multicultural, Activism & Social Justice
Recommended Age
6 to 10
Recommended Grade
1 to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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Illustrated with stunning cut paper art, these seven poetic vignettes capture true stories of courage, hope, and resilience from around the world.

In Imagine A Garden, award-winning children's author Rina Singh shares seven real-life stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for their communities amidst war, poverty, and violence.

With vivid, textured images from celebrated Iranian illustrator Hoda Hadadi, this powerful picture book is:


  • A celebration of everyday heroes and how they make their communities a better place
  • A teaching tool for facilitating difficult but hopeful conversations about conflict in our world, and the people who are making a difference in their own way


For kids ages 6 to 10, Imagine A Garden reimagines our complex world through the lens of love and compassion.


About the authors

Rina Singh has published several critically acclaimed books for children inspired by her Indian Canadian heritage, including Diwali Lights, Holi Colors and Diwali: A Festival of Lights, which was nominated for the Red Cedar Award. Rina’s own grandmother never got the chance to go to school. Grandmother School is dedicated to her memory. Rina lives in Toronto with her family.

Rina Singh's profile page

Hoda Hadadi is an award-winning Iranian illustrator, author and poet. So far, she has published eighty books in different countries. She spends most of her time in her small studio by her desk, where you always can find a cup of tea, aromatic candle, dates and raisins, scissors, pieces of paper, glue, and of course pots of fresh and smiling plants.

Hoda Hadadi's profile page


  • Short-listed, Nami Intl. Picture Book Illustration Concours

Editorial Reviews

“A powerful book … The paper cut illustrations are gorgeous, detailed and embody the message of hope.”
—Toronto Star

“A beautiful and uplifting anthology.”
The Sunday Times

“Offers a series of poetic vignettes that chronicle small but impactful efforts by people to make life a little bit better… the emotional effect of the lyrical, imagistic text is profound, distinctly laying out the heart of the various problems in a way that makes the subjects' efforts even more admirable."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books review

“These portrayals of seven admirable agents of hope and small-scale change are nothing if not inspiring. Celebrating human endeavors like these might prompt more sweeping change.”
—Kirkus Reviews


Other titles by Rina Singh