While shoveling, weeding, and helping her mother in her garden, the girl in this book is imagining a different garden – her dream garden. The rabbits that must be chased away, the weeds that need weeding, and the water used to water the garden, all feed the girl's imagination, and she begins to dream of the most wonderful garden in the world.
"Great dreams are the very foundation of the universe" (Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kook, The Eight Collections, Collection 3, 226)
Many of the wonderful, important, and beautiful things in our world began with a dream, says Rav Kook. In My Garden, author Kevin Henkes allows the girl to dream big, color-filled dreams, in which flowers never wilt, and the ground produces candy. Children must dream in order to initiate, create, change, and be transformed. Sometimes adults forget to dream, but children's dreams ought to be encouraged and enabled, because one must dream in order to have dreams come true.
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