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

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

The Friend Garden Picture Book

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.

picture book

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.

book cover

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.

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Tuesday 13th of December 2016

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

Rebecca Lately

Thursday 8th of December 2016

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

Molly Stillman

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

this book is gorgeous and the illustrations are beautiful!!


Tuesday 6th of December 2016

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

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