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Garden Surprise:
Kaleidoscope Club Series Book #1

Two friends dream up plans to build a tree house in a hidden garden and learn valuable lessons on STEAM, growth mindset, and community. 


Nine-year-old besties Nour and August stumble upon the perfect place for
their dream hideaway—a hidden garden full of majestic trees.

Excited to build a tree house, they design blueprints, research plant care,
and collect necessary tools and materials. What was intended to be a secret hideaway becomes the perfect place for a once-hidden garden to come to life for their families to celebrate a very important birthday ... and a long-lost friendship.

Through creativity, hard work, and a bit of mischief, the two friends realize
their dreams, bring people together, and create an unforgettable summer.

The Garden Surprise is book one in the new Kaleidoscope Club chapter book series, with full-color illustrations throughout—a perfect series for readers 7 to 10 interested in friendship and learning more about nature, skill-building, and STEAM. 

"Teamwork and curiosity are the building blocks for success in this entertaining and informative STEAM chapter-book series opener.”

— Booklist

 “[With] a variety of scientific and engineering facts, the story touches on… friendship, honesty, and self-reliance, and includes a diverse cast of characters….Full-color illustrations…enhance the story…suitable for collections needing more STEAM-based series."

— School Library Journal 

Author: Marie Mazas

Illustrator:  Joëlle Passeron

Translator: Johanna McCalmont

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Hardcover Picture Book

ISBN: 9798985849462


Full-Color Illustrations

Paperback Picture Book

ISBN: 9798985849486


Full-Color Illustrations

Age Range: 7 to 10

Grade Range: Grade 1 to Grade 3

Themes:  Friendship, Science & Nature, Architecture, Action & Adventure

5 x 7.5 inches, 128 pages
Publication Date: April 2, 2024

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