Reviewed by Debbie Reese
Published in 2021 by Schwartz & Wade Books — an imprint of Random House — the cover of We Are A Garden shows a diverse group of people. In the foreground, you can see them clearly. As your eyes move to the background, they become specks that I take to be seeds for this “garden” being depicted by the author, Lisa Westberg Peters and illustrator, Victoria Tentler-Krylov.
Generally speaking, most people view a garden as a good thing. I do.
The author and illustrator of this book use “garden” as a metaphor for the growth of what people know as the United States, but I view their use of it in a different way: With this book, Peters and Tentler-Krylov encourage the growth of a feel-good story that hides the truths of the United States and its history.
The back cover says:
The wind blows in newcomers from all directions. “They” become “we,” and we become a garden.