August 6, 2009

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 11:57 pm by suebe2

gardenerThe Gardener (AR 3 .9 )

by Sarah Stewart

(Farrar Straus & Giroux)


Even when things are down, including the economy, Lydia Grace looks for the silver lining.  Set during the Great Depression, Lydia Grace is sent to live with her Uncle Jim above his bakery in the city.  With Daddy out of work and no one asking Momma to sew, there’s really no other way.  In the city, Lydia Grace misses Grandma and her garden but she learns to bake bread even as she finds cracked cups and cans to use in creating her own rooftop oasis. 

If you haven’t read this one, pick it up.  For whatever reason, my library remaindered a copy so I have a glorious hard cover of this Caldecott Honor book. 

Told through the letters Lydia Grace writes first to her uncle and then her family back on the farm, the spare text is broadened and deepened through David Small’s remarkably detailed illustrations.

Perfect for young plant lovers, young bakers and every kid who has had to go somewhere they didn’t want to go, do something they didn’t want to do, and endure a scowling adult. 

A quiet feel good read for book lovers of all ages.


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