Thursday, October 15, 2015

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ Day 15: The Gardener

Book Detectives ~ The Gardener @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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David Small and Sarah Stewart are a phenomenal husband-wife team. [You can learn more about them here, as well as see them on video.] Their collaborative picture books are treasures. The Gardener was my first introduction to the pair years ago, and I instantly fell in love. Who wouldn’t?

The Gardener has a theme similar to Miss Rumphius, another favorite, and they would be well-paired in a Book Detectives setting along with any flower or gardening activity that can be shared with others. Spread beauty and joy!

Written in the form of letters by Lydia Grace to loved ones, The Gardener shares life from the perspective of a cheerful young country girl living in the city with her solemn uncle.

In many children’s books, the protagonist achieves the thing that he needs or wants. The Gardener causes us to consider whether Lydia Grace failed her mission.

Crime Scene [Setting]


(Country, train station)

The City (USA)

Bakery—undecorated, a little dreary, but the sun shines on it

Roof of the bakery—empty, ugly space

Real world


August 27, 1935-July 11, 1936 (almost a whole year, all four seasons)

During The Great Depression

Suspects [Characters]


Lydia Grace Finch—girl, cheerful, optimistic, kind, gardener, hard worker, thoughtful, smart, patient

Uncle Jim—man with a big nose and black mustache, somber, quiet, unsmiling, doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor, kind

Ed and Emma Beech—Uncle Jim’s friends, work at bakery, kind, helpful, supportive

(Grandma—Lydia Grace’s namesake and fellow gardener)

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ The Gardener @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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