3/8/23 Tree of Life Mama’s Picture Book of the Week: The Gardener of Alcatraz by Emma Bland Smith

This is such a beautiful story of the power of falling in love with gardening. It’s a true story about Elliott Michener. He was a criminal charged with counterfeiting money. He was sent to Alcatraz, with every plan to somehow figure out how to escape. What happens instead is amazing! He gardened his way to freedom! For you LEMI project fans out there, I highly recommend this story to go along with the Georgics project. You can see more pages from the book over here at the site of the illustrator, Jenn Ely. Then if you go over here you can learn all about the real gardens of Alcatraz that he started.

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