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The rough patch

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New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018].
First edition.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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A Caldecott Honor Book

An ALA Notable Book

A breathtakingly beautiful and luminescent book that is pitch-perfect for anyone of any age who has experienced any type of loss or disappointment, from New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Brian Lies.

New York Times-bestselling author-illustrator Brian Lies has created a beautiful, accessible, and deeply personal story about friendship, loss, and renewal. The Rough Patch was awarded a Caldecott Honor and features stunning paintings from the award-winning creator of Bats at the Beach.

Evan and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their prize-winning garden, which grows big and beautiful. One day the unthinkable happens: Evan's dog dies. Heartbroken, Evan destroys the garden and everything in it. The ground becomes overgrown with prickly weeds and thorns, and Evan embraces the chaos.

But beauty grows in the darkest of places, and when a twisting vine turns into an immense pumpkin, Evan is drawn out of his isolation and back to the county fair, where friendships--old and new--await.

A deeply hopeful and positive book, The Rough Patch was awarded a Caldecott Honor and is a story about love, loss, and hope, and the healing power of friendship and nature. "Weepy and wonderful."--Wall Street Journal

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Farmer Evan and his dog do everything together and, especially, in the garden but when his dog passes away Evan lets his garden fill with weeds until a pumpkin vine brings new hope.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Lies, B. (2018). The rough patch. First edition. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Lies, Brian. 2018. The Rough Patch. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Lies, Brian, The Rough Patch. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Lies, Brian. The Rough Patch. First edition. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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