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The Gardener

The Gardener

by Sarah Stewart Illustrated by David Small
By the author-and-illustrator team of the bestselling "The Library" 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.
Ages
6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent
3.5
Lexile Measure
570L
DRA
24
Guided Reading
M
Publisher
VHS - VHPS
Genre
General Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Sarah Stewart
David Small David Small won the 2001 Caldecott Medal for his illustration of "So You Want to Be President", written by by Judith St. George. Small works with watercolor, pen and ink, and pastel. His trademark attention to small details begs readers to pore over his work again and again.

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