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The Little Gardener
by Emily Hughes


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There was once a little gardener and his garden meant everything to him. He worked hard, very hard, but he was just too little (or at least he felt he was).

In this gentle, beautiful tale, Emily Hughes, the celebrated author of Wild , departs from the larger than life Wild-girl of her debut to pursue a littler than life Gardener, in a story that teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter what the odds.  Read more...


 
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Overview

There was once a little gardener and his garden meant everything to him. He worked hard, very hard, but he was just too little (or at least he felt he was).

In this gentle, beautiful tale, Emily Hughes, the celebrated author of Wild, departs from the larger than life Wild-girl of her debut to pursue a littler than life Gardener, in a story that teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter what the odds.

With delicately woven tapestries of illustrated magic, Hughes once again transports us to a world not unlike our own, while still brimming with fantasy and wonder.

Emily Hughes was born in Hawaii but lives and works in the United Kingdom. She is inspired by Chinese cinema and illustrators such as Blair Lent and Gyo Fujikawa. Her work has been exhibited across the capital and her book Nana Shaped Like a Banana came second in the 2012 Macmillan Prize for Children's Picture Books. Her first picture book has been highly successful in bookshops and libraries across the United States and United Kingdom.



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781909263437
  • ISBN-10: 1909263435
  • Publisher: Nobrow Press
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Unfolding on a more intimate scale than her debut, Wild (2013), Hughes’s story stars a diminutive gardener in a straw hat and overalls who struggles to keep up with the weeds in his garden. Since he’s the size of a mouse, he has to chop them down like trees, and it’s slow going. Hughes paints a single, magnificent close-up of the scarlet zinnia that’s the boy’s only success: “It was alive and wonderful. It gave the gardener hope and it made him work even harder.” Exhausted, he falls asleep, breathing a fervent wish through the window of his straw hut: “I wish I had a bit of help.” The glorious zinnia draws the attention of two human children; when the gardener wakes, the weeds are gone, and the garden is full of bloom. In this inversion of “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” the big and strong help the small and weak, and the gardener never discovers how his garden has become so beautiful. It’s a tender metaphor for of the miracle of gardening. Hughes’s rich, rhythmic storytelling voice and dark tapestry spreads carry perennial magic. Ages 3–7. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Aug.)

 
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