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ARC Review: The Garden We Share by Zoë Tucker, Illustrated by Swaney Julianna

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DAY 15

Thank you NorthSouth Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! The Garden We Share is set to be released March 22, 2022.

Cover of "The Garden We Share" by Zoë Tucker, Illustrated by Swaney Julianna.
Image via NetGalley

Genre: Picture Book
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: To everything there is a season in this beautiful story about gardening, seasons, and treasured memories.

This inspiring picture book written by Zoë Tucker and illustrated by Julianna Swaney—the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines—celebrates the friendship between a young girl and an elderly woman as they plant seeds in a community garden alongside friends and neighbors, waiting for the seeds to flower. By mid-summer, the friends welcome a rainbow of color in the garden and picnics in the sun. At harvest, the young girl’s elderly friend is bed-ridden, but jubilant as they share baskets with red tomatoes and snap peas amid the sweet smell of lavender. When the last leaves fall, everything is different. But in the spring, hope arises anew.


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The Garden We Share is a touching story about a little girl and an elderly woman who have formed a close bond as they care for a community garden.

I like the quiet, peaceful atmosphere the story has. I like the illustrations and all of the pretty flowers and crops grown. You see how much love and care the people of this community give to the garden as the seasons change. There’s a strong connection with nature and what they’re growing. The book is rich in color, flowers, and crops galore.

When things changed it was a punch in the feels, but I think it shows kids one way they can cope with loss, honor those they love, and the comforting power of memory. The cover is so beautiful, the colors inviting – a total cover buy!

I enjoyed reading The Garden We Share. It’s the perfect story for springtime and would make a great addition to a child’s personal library.