Five paw prints. Somewhere in the world there is a garden. A VERY beautiful garden. In this garden is a boy who is searching for something. He finds a baby made out of a bush, animals made out of bushes, family members, and a number of other things. The boy is also finding garden tools that would be needed to take care of the garden. While this is going on, the plants in the garden are telling a very special story to the boy. The story is of his great-grandfather. The great-grandfather wants to share his life story, but his memory isn't very good and he uses the plants to help him remember. What a wonderful story! I really enjoy books by Lane Smith, but this has got to be one of the best books he has ever created. The story is simple but powerful. The pictures are easy to follow but so detailed you need to "read" the pictures more than once to understand everything that is happening. It's also a good example of a picture book that is not necessarily for younger students because of the maturity of the subject matter. I highly recommend this book to "children" of all ages. To learn more about Lane Smith and his books, visit http://www.lanesmithbooks.com.
Your Orenda Elementary School library teacher (Mrs. Manore) and her library mascot (Miss Dewey) want to share good books with you! Take a look at what they are reading and often adding to the shelves of YOUR school library.
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