The Gardener

Times are rough and Lydia Grace has gone to live with Uncle Jim, the baker who doesn’t smile.  Her quiet and lovely story is told through letters to her family, and while the flower seeds her grandma sends her brighten up her surroundings, it is Lydia Grace’s optimism, industry and goodness who inspires those around her.  Although we all expect Uncle Jim to smile by the end of the story, “I truly believe that cake equals one thousand smiles.”

Sarah Stewart and David Small collaborate on this nuanced picture book.  It is well suited to the study of  letter writing, voice and gardening, of course.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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