The Gardener

Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers' faces with the flowers she grows. But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece -- an ambitious rooftop garden -- which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile.

Sarah Stewart introduces readers to an engaging and determined young heroine, whose story is told through letters written home, while David Small's illustrations beautifully evoke the Depression-era setting.

The Gardener is a 1997 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 1998 Caldecott Honor Book.

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About the Author:

Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small have worked together on several picture books, including The Friend , The Money Tree , and The Library . The Gardener is a Caldecott Honor book. Small has also illustrated other books, including the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President?, by Judith St. George.

Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Special Features Mighty Girl Top Picks
Author Sarah Stewart
Illustrator David Small
ISBN 031236749X
Publication Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Square Fish
Award Winners Caldecott Honor
Language English