Review of “The Friend Garden” by Local NC Authors + Giveaway!

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on December 6, 2016

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I was given a free copy of this book for myself and a reader in exchange for this honest review. 


I am happy to share a review of a new picture book by local Burlington, North Carolina authors Kim Black and Ana Buckmaster today! Their book is called “The Friend Garden” and it is a sweet story of a girl overcoming her fear of making new friends with help from her Grandmother and her garden.


What is most notable about this book is that it was illustrated by 12-year-old Nina Byerly. I think the watercolor illustrations are incredible for being done by someone so young! While you can definitely tell that the illustrations weren’t done by a seasoned veteran, the paintings help tell the story and are full of feeling.

I think the story is easy to read and well-written. I especially like how Grandma uses her garden (and humor) to ease the girl’s mind, as well as arm her with skills to nourish friendships in her new school.


When I was a teacher, I loved to share work with my students that was done by other kids. Now, I love to share books such as this one with my daughter to show her that anyone can make a meaningful contribution to the world, even if they aren’t yet an adult! I’ll definitely be reading this book to her many time over.

Ana Buckmaster & Kim Black

Local NC authors Ana Buckmaster & Kim Black

You can purchase a copy of the book on it’s website here or buy a copy on Amazon. It is self-published by the author, and she has offered to send a free copy to a reader of The Frugal South. It would make a great gift for any young readers or educators in your life.

To be entered to win a copy of this book for yourself, just leave a comment below! The deadline for entries is Wednesday, 12/14/16 at midnight.


  • Ashley

    I love that your reading and sharing books by young, local authors. This is great and I love the color illustrations.

    December 13, 2016 at 10:59 am Reply
  • Rebecca Lately

    That sounds like an adorable book, and I love the illustrations.

    December 8, 2016 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Molly Stillman

    this book is gorgeous and the illustrations are beautiful!!

    December 7, 2016 at 10:33 pm Reply
  • Leslie

    This book and its illustrations along with the message would be perfect for my 5 yr old girl and me to read/share together!

    December 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply
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