Free from conflict and tension, the story imagines a city supportive of immigrants and ready to befriend them. Soft, smiling figures and a bright palette convey gentle acceptance. Foreman doesn’t preach; he simply shows people at their best.
An immigrant story without angst and with lots of love and hope.
Foreman’s airy watercolors support the dreamy text well, and the transformation of the dreary city is quite beautiful and inspiring. A light friendship fable that may inspire urban gardeners, making it a useful addition to library collections.
—School Library Journal