The Girl of the Wish Garden by Uma Krishnaswami
A Thumbelina Story

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This poetic tale opens when Lina, a tiny girl no bigger than a thumb, is found in a flower by her mother. Because she is so tiny, adventure and mishap easily befall her — a giant frog leaves her stranded on a lily pad, she is freed by curious fish, then pestered by crazy bugs. Lina lives by herself in the depths of a forest and as the cold of winter approaches she begins to feel lonely, until one day Lina finds an injured swallow. She revives the swallow and the two of them fly together to the garden of wishes. Uma Krishnaswami’s text captures the spirit of the luminous illustrations, creating a book that is beautiful, magical, and mysterious.

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Uma Krishnaswami has written many highly acclaimed children's books, from picture books to middle-grade readers to retellings of classic tales and myths. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is an active blogger. She lives in Aztec, New Mexico. Nasrin Khosravi (1950–2010) was a world-renowned Iranian artist who illustrated more than thirty-five books for children.
Published February 26, 2013 by Groundwood Books. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Text that sings like poetry narrates a gorgeous re-envisioning of "Thumbelina."

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Gr 3–6—This lyrical picture book was inspired by Khosravi's images for an earlier Farsi version of the classic Andersen tale. Writing in a free-verse style, Krishnaswami lets the amorphous, dreamlike illustrations set the tone for the story, which begins in a garden where dreams and time "can shi...

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