Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and his Son

Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and his Son
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May 10, 2022
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From award-winning artist John Parra comes a touching and deceptively simple picture book based on his childhood experience about the bond between a father and son, hard work, and the links between nature, art, and creativity.

Today is a big day—the first time Juanito gets to help his papi on the job as a landscape architect! Throughout the day, Juanito sketches anything that catches his eye: a nest full of baby birds, a nursery with row upon row of plants and flowers, and more. Father and son travel from house to house, pruning, weeding, mowing, and turning overgrown and chaotic yards into beautiful spaces.

A few of the clients don’t appreciate Papi’s hard work, like Juanito’s classmate who pretends not to see him. But Papi always feels pride in owning his own business and in a job well done. And at the end of the day, Juanito may get the chance to turn his artistic eye toward landscape design—just like his papi.

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Delightful story with beautiful illustrations
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I enjoyed reading this with my children.
I love being able to read with them books that introduce different cultures as well as different ways to look at the world around you.
The illustrations are beautiful and really help bring the story to life. They really helped my five year old with the story, as the writing was just too much for him to give his undivided attention.
I also loved the fact that it was written in both English and Spanish, even though I don't know very much of the ladder and had to ask Google for help with some pronunciation, it was a great experience for all of us.
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