By Sarah Stewart
Illustrated by David Small
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux
It is the Great Depression and Lydia Grace Finch is being sent to live with her unsmiling uncle in the big city until her parents get back on their feet. Lydia may have to leave her country home, but she is determined to continue gardening just like her grandmother taught her. She uses this skill deftly to make her Uncle’s Bakery beautiful and to create a surprise for him that will make him smile. This is a touching and light hearted book that subtly and sometimes quietly teaches so much. This is Picture books is great for the home library, but it would also make a great companion to an elementary school Great Depression history lesson.