“In My Granny’s Garden” teaches young audiences the importance of growing your own food.
Co-authors and husband-wife duo Pearl Cleage and Zaron Burnett Jr. talked with Lois Reitzes about their new children’s book.
The Alliance Theatre was commissioned by the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club to create a children’s book into a play.
“Peal told the Alliance that we have the perfect story because my husband has been talking about this garden and his great-grandmother for years and I think this would be perfect,” Burnett said.
He goes on to say that his great-grandmother had 105 grand and great-grandchildren in total, but he was the adored child. In the story, he writes about his love for his grandmother and calls her a “super hero” throughout the book.
The illustrations were created by Radcliffe Bailey.
“When Radcliffe did the paintings, he was actually going off photographs of Zaron’s family and the land that his family [and his grandmother gardened in] still owns today. It really became such a wonderful collaboration for us because it was a chance for all of us who were not in that garden to really walk with Zaron into that place,” Cleage said.