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The Gardener

Text by Sarah Stewart
Pictures by David Small

32 pages; 11.1 x 8.8 in.
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (Juv); (August 1997)
ISBN: 0374325170

The Gardener is the story of a country girl sent to live with her uncle in a large city in 1935. Uncle Jim is a man with a big nose, mustache, and no smile who owns a backery. Lydia tries hard to help, but it is her garden that she secretly grows for him on the roof that finally touches his heart.

"David Small and Sarah Stewart have constructed a moving, wonderfully rich illustrated story. It is a rarity, a pictorial delight that is 20 double pages gives more and more of itself each time it's read, and whose silent complexities reveal themselves with continuing pleasure."
--Edward Koren, New York Times Book Review



High-Level Thinking: Analogy
1. Complete the following analogies. Work is to Uncle Jim as is to _____________. Gardening is to Lydia Grace as is to _____________.
2. Create analogies comparing the characters of Lydia Grace and Uncle Jim.
3. Create an analogy depicting the main idea of the story.

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