Amelia Ellicott lives with her cat Mustafah, next door to a block of flats. She is proud of her garden and her chickens, but she has no one to share them with…Until one day a storm destroys it all and Amelia discovers the value of friendship. Popular award-winner Stephen Michael King has illustrated Liliana Stafford’s appealing story with characteristic warmth and charm.
Liliana’s most well known picture book originally published in 2000, notable book in two categories in the 2001 CBC Awards, and has recently been adapted for stage.
Paper back picture book signed by the author.
Vanessa – flickingonthebook.wordpress.com –
Amelia Ellicott’s garden covers many different issues that come up in our society.
Multiculturalism, racism, loneliness, friendship, buying local and sense of community.
Amelia Ellicott has lived in the same street all her life but now she is getting old and cannot care for the garden she once loved. She detests the high rises that surround her house and the people within – who she thinks do not hold values similiar to her.
She wishes to show her baby chicks to others but has no one. Meanwhile in the high rise, people look down longingly at the vegetable patches and baby chicks.
But after a storm things change within this little community and within the heart of Amelia. She allows the people from the apartment to help her bring her garden back to it’s former glory – but with a lot more warmth.
Amelia Ellicott’s Garden is a heart-warming read for anyone and perhaps it will inspire you to say hello to your neighbour? Share some tomatoes with the person next door or maybe join a community garden?
I love Stephen Michael King’s illustrations in all of the book’s he has illustrated and this one is no exception.
Trudy Boladz –
I love that everyone can learn something from this wonderfully written story. Young and old alike can read and discuss the important messages. A true gem
Liliana Stafford –
thank you so much your comment means a lot to me