The Green Truck Garden Giveaway by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. il. Alec Gillman.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers: NY, 1997.

This book is about the transformation of a neighborhood. Visitors to Second Street bring garden supplies to get the inhabitants started on their first gardening experiences. They plant each garden, including pots for a woman who is unwilling to get dirty and brambles that turn into roses and raspberries for a crotchety old man. As the plants grow, attitudes change, and the neighbors start to share and rejoice.

This is one of my favorite garden books, portraying the joy gardens bring to newcomers and old hands. It is written in an almanac format and has notes about organizations that collect seeds and encourage people to grow gardens. The pictures are beautiful, and there are activities and recipes to try, as well as random notes related to gardening. I especially enjoy the idea of volunteers traveling and gifting people with gardens.
RL=2nd-4th, read aloud preK-1st

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