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Best Books of the Year, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature

“Lyrical words by González (a member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation) emphasize the intergenerational ties that bind the characters and show Indigenous knowledge in the process of being passed down. Garcia’s portraits center affectionate familial gestures alongside mural-like views of sunset skies and evocative representations of fire, earth, air, and water.”
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Where Wonder Grows

Written by Xelena González
Illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia
Published by Lee & Low Books

When Grandma walks to her special garden, her granddaughters know to follow her there. Grandma invites the girls to explore her collection of treasures–magical rocks, crystals, seashells, and meteorites–to see what wonders they reveal. “They are alive with wisdom,” Grandma says. As her granddaughters look closely, the treasures spark the girls’ imaginations. They find stories in the strength of rocks shaped by volcanoes, the cleansing power of beautiful crystals, the mystery of the sea that houses shells and shapes the environment, and the long journey meteorites took to find their way to Earth. This is the power of Grandma’s special garden, where wonder grows and stories blossom.

Look for the Spanish version, Donde las maravillas crecen (Where Wonder Grows).

Primary ISBN: 9781947627468
Publication Date: January 2022
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book , Age 05 or older

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