The Gardener (Paperback)

By Sarah Stewart, David Small (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374425180, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2000

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/1/2007)
Hardcover (8/30/1997)
Hardcover (11/1/2007)
Compact Disc (3/30/1998)
Compact Disc (3/30/1998)
Compact Disc (3/30/1998)
Analog Audio Cassette (3/1/2001)
Analog Audio Cassette (1/1/1998)
Analog Audio Cassette (1/1/1998)

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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.

About the Author

Sarah Stewart is the author of "The Money Tree "and "The Library."

Her husband, David Small, illustrated those books as well as many others, including "George Washington's Cows "and "Fenwick's Suit." Ms. Stewart and Mr. Small live in Michigan.

Praise For The Gardener

"Late in the summer of 1935, Lydia Grace's parents are out of work, and to help make ends meet they send Lydia Grace to live with Uncle Jim, a baker in the city...Told entirely through letters, the story radiates her utterly (and convincingly) sunny personality...[An] inspiring offering from creative collaborators." --Starred, Publishers Weekly

"A moving, wonderfully rich illustrated story. It is that rarity, a pictorial delight that in 20 double pages gives more and more of itself each time it's read, and whose silent complexities reveal themselves with continuing pleasure." --The New York Times Book Review