This touching children's story is set in 1935-36. When Lydia Grace's parents fall on hard times, Lydia Grace is sent to live with her stoic uncle for a bit. Lydia Grace loves to garden, and although she knows she will be working in her uncle's bakery, she hopes to find some room and time for her plants as well. The sweet text is given in the form of short letters that Lydia Grace writes (first to her uncle and then back home to her parents and Grandma), and each spread of pages is beautifully illustrated. A Caldecott Honor book. ~ Melissa
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.
The Gardener is a 1997 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 1998 Caldecott Honor Book.