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category: Children's Fiction
published: Apr 2019
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

The Invisible Garden

by Marianne Ferrer & Valérie Picard

tagged: bedtime & dreams, imagination & play

A young girl and her family travel from the city to the country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne, as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden, and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble . . . and a grasshopper . . . and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she discovers the freedom of her imagination.
With very little text, this book lets the illustrations tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than herself.

About the Authors

Marianne Ferrer

MARIANNE FERRER is an illustrator living in Montreal, Quebec. She moved to Canada from Venezuela, trading mango trees for maple trees to inspire her lush, nature-filled, delicate watercolor illustrations.

Valérie Picard is the artistic director at the Quebec publishing house Monsieur Ed. After obtaining a diploma in visual arts and a degree in anthropology, she fell in love with children's literature. Her book Le jardin invisible was a finalist for the Prix des Librairies Jeunesses. Valérie lives in Montreal.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 5
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Winner, Prix Lux
Editorial Reviews

“A fantastical trip of the imagination…Gorgeous art, almost abstract, with deep watery colors, takes the reader on a completely unique journey.”

— Youth Services Book Review

&quotThere's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story.&quot

— Quill & Quire

★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.”

— Canadian Children's Book News, starred review

“This book is perfectly delightful.”

— Kiss the Book blog

“Soft, otherworldly illustrations, which play with size, shape, and perspective, pull the reader through Arianne's apparent dream.”

— The Horn Book Online

&quotCaptures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead.&quot

— Publishers Weekly

★ &quotFerrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel.&quot

— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

&quotUse in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling&quot

— Resource Links

&quotInteresting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder.&quot

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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