Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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What Grew in Larry’s Garden

Grace thinks Larry’s garden is one of the wonders of the world.

In his tiny backyard next door to hers, Larry grows the most extraordinary vegetables. Grace loves helping him — watering and weeding, planting and pruning, hoeing and harvesting. And whenever there’s a problem — like bugs burrowing into the carrots or slugs chewing the lettuce — Grace and Larry solve it together. Grace soon learns that Larry has big plans for the vegetables in his special garden. And when that garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry’s example to find the perfect solution.

Inspired by a real person, What Grew in Larry’s Garden is a story about caring, cooperation, empathy, perseverance, teamwork, and the amazing things that can grow when you tend your garden with kindness.

Reviews and Awards:

2020 IODE Jean Throop Book Award Winner

2021 CCBC Choices List, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Winner

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection Award

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