Friday, June 6, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 48


Dynamic Duo: Day 1
Picture Book: The Gardener

Author: Sarah Stewart

Illustrator: David Small

Summary
: Because of her family’s poverty during the Great Depression, Lydia Grace Finch is off to the dull city to stay with her uncle, a baker who never smiles. With her she brings her passion, flower seeds. Through her gardening, Lydia’s new friends and city are transformed, gradually brightening the bake shop, then her secret place, the roof top. The text is a series of letters emphasizing the bonds that Lydia Grace still has with her parents and grandmother.

Hanna’s Comments: This book, like its Dynamic Duo partner offered tomorrow, Miss Rumphius, is all about spreading joy with flowers. Leaving marks of beauty and love in concrete ways and with a spirit of generosity & vocation that is transformational is the powerful theme here. Also highlighted is 
a generational legacy that Lydia Grace’s grandmother has instilled in her. This legacy is a love of gardening which can serve as a discussion tool for exploring possible legacies that are left to next generations.  

Publisher & Date of Publication: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1997 

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up 

# of Pages: 40 

Available in Spanish? Not at present 

Formats other than Book: Audio cassette, video on Youtube & for purchase with 2 more of this author/illustrator duo's other books
 

PBT Category: Award Winner (Caldecott Honor), Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, action, ancestors/patriarchs & matriarchs, beauty, blessings, call/calling/vocation, challenges, eggs/seeds, flowers/leaves/trees, gardening/planting/pruning/sowing, generosity/giving/offering/stewardship, gifts/giftedness/talents, gladness/happiness, goodness, gospel/good news, grandparents, heritage, home, image of God, journeys/pilgrimages/migration/quests, joy, life, mission, neighborhood, power, purpose, satisfaction, sharing, surprise, transformation

Scripture Connections: Parable of the mustard seed (Luke 13:18-19), whoever sows bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Idea(s) for Application: give to inspire clergy & lay persons in their ministries as they “plant” and “sew” beauty