This is one of my favorite picture books: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart with pictures by David Small.
In this story, you get to read letters (I love writing letters) about a girl, Lydia Grace Finch, who has to go live with her uncle above a bakery (I love bakeries, too). Her uncle seems like a real grump, but you can tell he is actually a sweet old uncle inside–he makes cakes, after all. Lydia Grace Finch has a great idea–she will plant a garden on the rooftop of her uncle’s grey building! Seed by seed, sprout by sprout, Lydia Grace transforms the bakery into a blooming wonder. I LOVE the pictures by David Small–lots of flowers and a cat and cakes–all my favorite things!
Have you ever planted a seed? Do you have a garden?
I hope so. You can become anyone in a garden:
a magician planting a special seed (that might sprout a flower or a pea or an elephant–who knows?);
a spy (hiding under a forsythia bush or up in a cherry tree);
a scientist (finding a snake or slug or groundhog);
a fancy lady or gentleman (strolling through the flowers);
or just YOU, lying on your back in the sunshine with the smell of earth and grass all around you.
Of all the wonders in a garden, what do you count as your favorites?
I love: roses, earthworms, robins, shiny yellow or red tomatoes, and sugar snap peas. Oh, and ladybugs. And sunflowers! And carrots, and. . . .