The Dog’s Gardener

The Dog’s Gardener

Written by: Storms, Patricia
Illustrated by: Dion, Nathalie
ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2

A dog delights in a summer day spent in the garden with his owner, an avid gardener.

When a dog named Dutch hears the gardener going down the stairs each morning, he anticipates her every move. But most of all, he waits for the beautiful words, “Okay, Dutch. Let’s go outside.”

It’s a bright summer day. Dutch stands back from the dark, dusty toolshed, but the rest of the day is blissful — rolling in the dewy grass, waiting for a scratch behind his ears, napping on the gardener’s boots at midday and playing in the hose.

An amusing story about taking pleasure in the things we love, especially in the company of a good friend, written by Patricia Storms, with gorgeous illustrations by Nathalie Dion.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

A dog delights in a summer day spent in the garden with his owner, an avid gardener.

When a dog named Dutch hears the gardener going down the stairs each morning, he anticipates her every move. But most of all, he waits for the beautiful words, “Okay, Dutch. Let’s go outside.”

It’s a bright summer day. Dutch stands back from the dark, dusty toolshed, but the rest of the day is blissful — rolling in the dewy grass, waiting for a scratch behind his ears, napping on the gardener’s boots at midday and playing in the hose.

An amusing story about taking pleasure in the things we love, especially in the company of a good friend, written by Patricia Storms, with gorgeous illustrations by Nathalie Dion.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Apr 1, 2021
Specifications 36 pages | 8.25 in x 8.25 in

Praise for author Patricia Storms and illustrator Nathalie Dion for The Dog's Gardener:

"An evocative visual story evoking pleasurable outdoor experiences." — Publishers Weekly

"Luscious, rich depth of color and effective visual design." — Kirkus Reviews

"This is a lovely celebration of a simple, perfect summer day shared between friends." — Horn Book

"Storms’ deliciously sweet and subtle text is beautifully matched by Dion’s sumptuous gouache illustrations." — Globe and Mail

"Try to keep a child away from a garden after being introduced to its delights by Dutch." — Toronto Star

"[A] simple, gentle text." — Postmedia

"[A] perfect feel-good picture book for bringing joy to these troubled times." — CM Review of Materials

"Funny, sweet, and wise." — Open Book

"[A] soothing narrative." — Booklist

"[A] sweet tale about best friends." — Canadian Children's Book News

"The Dog's Gardener is what we should be: mindful of what we're doing and with whom and appreciating every positive moment." — Can Lit for LittleCanadians Blog

Praise for authors Guy and Patricia Storms and illustrator Milan Pavolvic for Moon Wishes:

“There are rarely more than a dozen words on each page … Moon Wishes embodies complete calm in its textual and visual lyricism.” — Quill & Quire

“A soothing, comforting lunar lullaby calibrated for bedtime sharing.” — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Patricia Storms and Never Let You Go:

“Wry humour imbues both text and art, ably displaying the parent’s unremitting connection to the child alongside [the] recognition that the youngster must be allowed room to grow.” — Quill & Quire

Praise for Patricia Storms and The Pirate and the Penguin:

“This one will hit many a funny bone in old and young alike.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Visual humor abounds in this oddball tale of two misfits who resolve their discontent by trading places.” — Publishers Weekly

Audience ages 3 to 7 / grades P to 2
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7