By Author / Illustrator
Isabel Otter, Katie Rewse
Little Tiger Press Group
This enchanting tale tells the story of a little girl who finds courage and purpose as she transforms an overgrown and neglected garden into a place of beauty, love... and ultimately hope. With stunning illustrations by Katie Rewse, this is a picture book to treasure.
The Garden of Hope is the story of a little girl who finds courage and purpose as she transforms an overgrown and neglected garden into a place of hope. Isobel Otier, with the help from the beautiful illustrations of Katie Rewse, has created a story that shares a powerful message. A message of hope for when times seem at their toughest. The text tackles the sometimes difficult topics of sadness, anxiety and of loss but does so in a thoughtful and delicate manner. As you read the book, you can feel yourself connecting with Maya as she comes to terms with how life is different now that mum has gone. You also connect with her dad as he too struggles with the adjustment in his life as well as staying strong for his young daughter.
The Garden of Hope carefully and gently explores the heart-warming relationship between father and daughter, something that is often not seen in other texts. Dad takes it upon himself to do something to combat Maya's worries. He tells her stories of how her mum would tend to and care for the garden when she felt worried and how a growing plant could help wave worries goodbye. Before too long, Maya channels these worries into creating a beautiful and colourful garden, one which her mum would be proud.
This book is a perfect way to address anxiety, worries, sadness and loss with small children. Anyone working in a setting with young children could find this text very helpful in unlocking children's feelings who may be experiencing something similar in their lives. I will be recommending this text to our Family Support team but it would work in all primary schools.
Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Kyle Matravers, teacher.
Suggested Reading Age 5+