The Forgiveness Garden (Hardcover)

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By Lauren Thompson, Christy Hale (Illustrator)
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A girl refuses to get revenge after being hurt by an enemy villager and wants to make a forgiveness garden instead. Soft mixed-media illustrations (5-8).


— From Historical Fiction


A long time ago and far away--although it could be here, and it could be now--a boy threw a stone and injured a girl. For as long as anyone could remember, their families had been enemies, and their towns as well, so it was no surprise that something bad had happened.

Hate had happened. Revenge had happened. And that inspired more hate and more calls for revenge. But this time, a young girl decided to try something different...

Inspired by the original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon, and the movement that has grown up around it, Lauren Thompson has created a timeless parable for all ages that shows readers a better way to resolve conflicts and emphasizes the importance of moving forward together.

About the Author

LAUREN THOMPSON loved ballet class when she was a child, although she never got the chance to participate in a ballet recital. In creating BALLERINA DREAMS, she drew inspiration from her own memories as well as from conversations with the girls, their parents, and their teacher, Joann Ferrara. Ms. Thompson worked as a children’s book editor for eighteen years before becoming a full-time writer. Her many picture books include POLAR BEAR NIGHT, which was a New York Times bestseller, and the MOUSE'S FIRST and LITTLE QUACK series, and most recently, THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.

CHRISTY HALE has illustrated many picture books and is also the author of The East-West House. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband and their daughter.

Praise For…

“There are many possible paths to peace, but learning forgiveness is essential to all of them, as this book demonstrates.” —Kirkus

“The purposeful messages are balanced by the personal story that shows how difficult it can be to create peace, and the afterword will help kids connect news headlines with their own schoolyard standoffs.” —Booklist

“This is a thought-provoking gateway into discussions about conflict, war, and, most importantly, the ability of willing souls to strive for reconciliation and forgiveness.” —School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312625993
ISBN-10: 0312625995
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: October 30th, 2012
Pages: 32
Language: English