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.
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.
- Short-listed, Nami Intl. Picture Book Illustration Concours
“A powerful book … The paper cut illustrations are gorgeous, detailed and embody the message of hope.”
“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.”
Other titles by Rina Singh
The Lion Queen
Rasila Vadher, the First Woman Guardian of the Last Asiatic Lions
Il était une fois un oiseau
Once, a Bird
How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl
Grandmother School Read-Along
A Meeting in the Sky
Festival of Lights
Hoja Tales from Turkey