The Little Gardener
A warm and touching story by Gerda Maria Scheidl and illustrated by the legendary European artist Bernadette Watts.
George, the little gardener, is surprised when one of his beloved flowers is sad. The small daisy would rather be in the neighbor’s beautiful garden filled with lilies and roses than in George’s untamed yard. But when George assists her, she finds that things are not always as they seem. Bernadette Watts’ beautiful pastel illustrations bring magic to this heart-warming story by Gerda Marie Scheidl about the things that matter most.
The story is simply told and beautifully illustrated in sunlit and moonlit scenes that contrast the regimented, formal garden with its wild, though lovingly tended, counterpart...Taken literally or as a fable, this picture book will appeal to children through its sense of empathy and its love of nature.
Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
Originally published in Switzerland in 1985, this gentle picture book is quaint...Luminous, pastel drawings capture the contrast between the peaceful sanctuary of the pleasingly unkempt meadow and the forbidding formality of the neighboring garden.
Jan Aldrich Solow, School Library Connection
The grass is not always greener in this simple, gentle, beautifully illustrated tale.