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Sep 01, 1999
| ISBN 9781563978296
| 5-7 years
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Sep 01, 1999 | ISBN 9781563978296 | 5-7 years
That was the summer the boy lost a baseball under a tomato plant in Mr. Bellavista’s garden. And someone tossed a tomato back instead of the baseball. A lively battle took place, which seemed like great fun at the time, but in the end Mr. Bellavista’s garden had been destroyed. In a touching story of one boy’s efforts to make amends, we see the rebuilding of a garden and the forming of a relationship across generations. With luminous, beautifully detailed watercolors, the artist has captured both the sadness and the quiet joy woven throughout the tale.
Pat Brisson lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their four sons. She is the author of the “Kate” books–Your Best Friend, Kate; Kate Heads West; and Kate on the Coast.
Every year my father and I plant a garden. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, marigold, and zinnias grow in neat, straight rows…and every spring my father tells me about Mr. Bellavista and the summer my father was ten. -From the book.
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