Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman.
Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

Warren shares a great friendship with Bill, the artist who lives next door. Most days Warrant goes over to work in the garden or simply to visit during Bill’s mid-morning break. But one day everything changes. Warren’s family moves away. Distance ends their daily talks, but the times they shared continue to affect their lives and surprising new things begin to grow including a new garden and book.

“This simple, adroitly crafted story is agreeably extended in Bjorkman’s sun-dappled watercolors…A delightfully fresh variant of the best-friend-moves-away theme.” KIRKUS

“This happy, warm book, good for story time or one-on-one sharing, will satisfy demands for intergenerational, interracial, gardening, moving, and friendship stories.” SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Not merely green, this gentle story centered on frienship and a garden displays all the hues of true friendship: trust, kindness, appreciation, humor, and affection. Both boys and girls will like these characters and their enduring and singular friendship.” THE FIVE OWLS

“The interracial element of the story is evident only through Bjorkman’s pictures; the story’s intergenerational component, however, is rendered in both the affectionate telling and the playful water-color-and-ink-line artwork. With splashes of bright Easter colors adding a cheerful note, this is a warm, satisfying story about a different kind of friendship, about loss, and about new beginnings.” BOOK LIST