The Gardener

The Gardener

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A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.
Publisher: [New York] : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000, c1997.
Edition: Sunburst ed. --
ISBN: 9780374425180
Branch Call Number: JP/Stewa 6173cg 1
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Small, David 1945-


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Apr 10, 2017

This wonderful picture book tells of one girl's experience during the Great Depression, being sent to live with her uncle and gardening at her new home. The story is told through the main character Lydia Grace's letters to her family members. She is a great character and heroine. This story is sure to make you smile and want to create your own garden. I have enjoyed all of Sarah Stewart's books.

Aug 31, 2016

One of our favorite books about gardens, though it's about so much more as well. In the mid-1930s, Lydia Grace is sent from her rural home to live with her uncle in the city. Her uncle doesn’t smile. She’s going to fix that. It’s told in a series of letters that show Lydia Grace’s positive outlook, as well as her love for her family. Small’s artwork feels just as friendly as Lydia Grace herself. Not too emotional for young children, but absolutely moving for grownups.

Jan 07, 2016

Excellent book and very nicely illustrated . Set in the depression era and great story .

Dec 16, 2015

It was written in an epistolary format, using a series of short letters that a young girl writes to family back home while she is away for a year during the Great Depression. Since there was limited text, the bulk of emotional investment is spoken through symbols, imagery and metaphors. I believe the illustrations told the story as much as the author of this book. The landscape and background were full of scenes that our eyes would see in the 1930’s. Uncle Jim’s character was the embodiment of the hard work and hardship that people had to go through during this in America. Uncle Jim’s never smiling was the persistence of gloom unrelenting and unchanging. People who experienced this era probably felt that there was very little to smile about. The slow transformation of the corner bakery over a year and the transformation of the building roof was optimism come to life in a tangible way.

Aug 20, 2011

Adorable, my favourite child's book. I still read it when I need a pick-me-up

quagga Jan 04, 2010

Young Lydia Grace Finch writes letters home to her family during the Great Depression. She has been sent to live with her uncle in New York City, where she helps in his bakery. Like her namesake, her grandmother, Lydia Grace loves to garden and she brings this passion with her from the country to the city. Along with the irrepressible spirit of Lydia Grace herself, it is her delight in beauty and hope for the future that makes this such an inspiring book. Picture book for Grade 1-5.

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Aug 04, 2015

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Aug 20, 2011

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