The Forgiveness Garden

The Forgiveness Garden A long time ago and far away although it could be here and it could be now a boy threw a stone and injured a girl For as long as anyone could remember their families had been enemies and their town

  • Title: The Forgiveness Garden
  • Author: Lauren Thompson Christy Hale
  • ISBN: 9780312625993
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A long time ago and far away although it could be here, and it could be now a boy threw a stone and injured a girl For as long as anyone could remember, their families had been enemies, and their towns as well, so it was no surprise that something bad had happened Hate had happened Revenge had happened And that inspired hate and calls for revenge But thisA long time ago and far away although it could be here, and it could be now a boy threw a stone and injured a girl For as long as anyone could remember, their families had been enemies, and their towns as well, so it was no surprise that something bad had happened Hate had happened Revenge had happened And that inspired hate and calls for revenge But this time, a young girl decided to try something differentInspired by the original Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon, and the movement that has grown up around it, Lauren Thompson has created a timeless parable for all ages that shows readers a better way to resolve conflicts and emphasizes the importance of moving forward together.

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    1. The forgiveness gardenThompson, L & Hale, C. (2012). The forgiveness garden. New York, NY: Feiwel and Friends.Opening:We have been reading some books about taking chances and what that means for the characters. Sometimes taking a chance means doing something drastic and life changing. Sometimes taking a chance means making a new type of decision. Before someone takes a chance, what do they have to do? (student responses) If you take a chance, is it an action or an emotion? (student responses [...]

    2. The Forgiveness Garden by Lauren Thompson, Illustrations by Christy Hale.This is a story of forgiveness. This story could happen in any place at any time. Everyone has been hurt, wronged or damaged by someone else at some point in their life. Sometimes the damage is devastatingly painful, severe and lasts for a long long time. Sometimes the wrongdoing is not as severe, but no matter what, everyone has been hurt before. In this book there are two villages who have hated each other as long as anyo [...]

    3. I thought on this book overnight and how I would rate it. As far as the story goes, it is a 3 maybe 4 stars. What the book is trying to express is the part where it becomes 5 stars. I feel that sometimes people make up or agree to disagree without remembering the forgiveness. Holding grudges, passing on negative feelings, and hardening our beliefs to reject the other side without empathy is part of the reason the world is in such a mess today. Forgiveness that is honest and uncertain is what giv [...]

    4. Two villages fight and hate each other until one steps forward to forgive. They make a garden together. They have to be brave to get past the anger and hurt, but together they build a new world, beginning with a garden.

    5. The Forgiveness Garden is about civil unrest between two different groups inhabiting the same land. It teaches that kindness and forgiveness can foster harmony.Though this book does lean toward the sentimental, I think it teaches a strong and positive lesson. During a disagreement between the two groups represented in this book, a boy from one group hurts a girl from the other. One side calls for revenge while the other congratulates the boy for his courage loyalty. The easiest thing to do in th [...]

    6. I chose this book for my text-set because even though it doesn't directly deal with bullying, it doesn’t provide a good lesson to children about kindness and forgiveness- which would fall under bullying lessons. The book dicusses two villages Vayam and Gamte, who have been at odds with each for a long time. A boy from Gamte, Varune throws a stone across the river towards Vayam, which ends up injuring a young girl named Sama. Instead of throwing this rock back, Sama chooses to place the rock do [...]

    7. This book teaches a very valuable lesson that could be incorporated with a bullying or positive action lesson. Due to the deeper concepts such as revenge, courage, forgiveness, etc in this book and violence (throwing stones) in the beginning of the story I feel this would be best in third or fourth grade. The illustrations are very simplistic, but the briefness of the story would allow for students to remain attentive. There are many points during a read aloud in which you could stop and have st [...]

    8. This book was inspired by the foregiveness garden created at St. Paul's Church in NYC to commemorate the victims of 9?11 and their loved ones. By presenting it as a story of the cycles of hatred readers will be able to identify directly with the emotions. It is especially true and effective that not all chose to embrace the concept of forgiveness, bunt the garden, like a seed, offered an opportunity for hope and change.

    9. About the emotions, traps, stereotypes, anger, hurt, revenge accompanying war against "other". A good picture book companion to an elementary study of war or people divided. Would be good for teaching many reading stategies: inferences, main idea, theme, conclusions, reflecting, cause & effect. Could do text-text comparison with other similarly themed books, such as The Butter Battle Book (Seuss).

    10. This will be a book I purchase for my elementary school libraries. The theme of forgiveness and the idea of talking and finding another way to look at conflict can lead to some very meaningful discussion. We have a "Peace Pole" in front of one of my schools and I think we need to revisit why it's there and what it means for our school and greater community.

    11. This parable of hate/revenge vs. acceptance/forgiveness is inspired by an actual Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, Lebanon. I think this picture book would work really well with 2nd through 5th graders. The character names come from the Sanscrit language and translate to "Us", "Forgiveness" and "Kindness", and the paper collage style illustrations convey the emotions well.

    12. Redemption in the form of a picturebook! Power story about long-lived family feuding that is resolved peacefully by children! Thompson took her story from a real event in Lebannon, making this a reliable message of healing and friendship!

    13. This is a beautiful book with very important lessons about moving from the endless cycle of violence towards forgiveness. We consider this to be one of the best picture books of 2012! You can read the rest of our review here:reachandteach/s/forgiv

    14. Read for 5427 classThe Forgiveness Garden pairs well with Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson. Both focus putting aside past grievances, violence, and differences to come together peacefully.

    15. Be sure to read the copyright pages and the page at the end of the story. Both add a good deal of meaning to the story which at first I thought was a little to idealistic. A nice story to help children begin to think about hatred and forgiveness.

    16. Fascinating story about forgiveness and peace. This would be a great read aloud and companion to discussion about 9/11 or other acts of violence in the world.

    17. A story inspired by the Garden of Forgiveness in Beirut, a girl realizes that hate and revenge only lead to more and comes up with an idea to end the cycle of violence.

    18. Good message to this one, about forgiveness (duh), but I just didn't really like the art very much. It is a nice book, though, for talking about working through differences and letting go of anger

    19. Age: K-3rd gradeAccompanied with stunning mixed-art illustrations, Thompson presents forgiveness without preaching.

    20. Can't wait to get my hands on this one! Love both the author and illustrator, so I'm expecting great things .

    21. While I appreciate to book's message, I wish the author had chosen to tell the true forgiveness stories mentioned in the author's note instead.

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