“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 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.