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:
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
Patricia Storms has been an author and illustrator of children’s books for more than twenty years. Her previous books include Moon Wishes, written with Guy Storms, illustrated by Milan Pavolvic; Never Let You Go, which she wrote and illustrated; By the Time You Read This… written by Jennifer Lanthier and If You’re Thankful and You Know It, written by Chrissy Bozik. Patricia’s work has also been featured in Chirp and KNOW magazines. She lives in Toronto.
Nathalie Dion is an illustrator living in Montreal who studied Design Arts at Concordia University. Her other children’s books include I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree by Jean E. Pendziwol, The Biggest Puddle in the World by Mark Lee and What’s in Your Purse? by Abigail Samoun. Nathalie has received a number of awards for her illustration and has exhibited her work in Montreal galleries.
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
"[A] simple, gentle text." — Postmedia
"Funny, sweet, and wise." — Open Book
"An amusing story about taking pleasure in the things we love, especially in the company of a good friend." — 49th Shelf 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