I was delighted to find an old friend at my local library this week. The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor Book, by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997) was a favorite of mine when I taught fourth grade. I love Lydia Grace’s resilience in the face of trying times and in being separated from her parents. I also found the book great for teaching inferring to students because it is told through letters by the main character. Much must be gleaned from reading between the lines.
I find the illustrations delightful and the colorful flowers on every page serve as metaphors for hope, love and acceptance. The Gardener makes everyone look at a seed differently.
If you’re interested in the lesson plan please see: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Lesson-Plan-for-The-Gardener-by-Sarah-Stewart-1121090