Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

The Girl of the Wish Garden



The Girl of the Wish Garden by: Uma Krishnaswami, Illustrated by: Narsin Khosravi, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2013


Reading Level: 1st grade

Synopsis: This is the beautifully illustrated story of a little girl who is born in a wish garden.  She is very small and her mother is worried something will happen to her.  It does when a frog takes her away.  She uses songs to help her.  One song brings the fish to rescue her.   She end up living with a mouse and helping him clean house.  There is a swallow there which appeard to be dead, but one again the girl’s song helps rescue the swallow who in turn rescues the girl.

Rationale for Using:  I would use this book as part of a fantasy or fairy tale unit.  I would read Thumbelina first and then read this book.

Connection to the Common Core:  I would use this book along with Thunbelina to work on comparing and contrasting details within a story.


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This entry was posted on June 15, 2013 by in Picturebooks, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , .

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