The Gardener | Little Lit Book Series

A lovely share from @teeandpenguin:

The last of our mail picks for the month is this sweet and oh so lovely read, The Gardener.

Set in the era of the depression, the story is told through the letters of a young girl with a green thumb, named Lydia Grace. The letters are written to her family members. First, to her Uncle Jim as she learns that she is going to live with him because her father and mother have been out of work for a long time. Then to her mother, father and grandma as she settles into life with the stoic baker, Uncle Jim.

While this premise may sound sad, the book is nothing of the sort. Through her letters Lydia Grace tells how she works to uplift those around her with the flowers she grows, even going so far as to grow a masterpiece on the rooftop of their bakery building in hopes of seeing a smile from Uncle Jim.

Truly a book that exemplifies the philosophy of blooming where you are planted.  The Gardener was written by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small and published by Square Fish.