A Topiary Tale

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On Grimloch Lane the townspeople look glum and walk with their heads down. But one day all that changed.  In “The Night Gardener” (Simon & Schuster, February 2016), a young boy wakes up to find a most amazing tree sculpture of an owl.  Each day a new and more exciting topiary appears, and the pages of the book suddenly develop color.  After the sixth day of these unique masterpieces, the boy stays out late and spots an older man he has never seen before.  The night gardener engages the boy to become his apprentice. When their work is done, the gardener mysteriously disappears and leaves his cutting shears for the boy.  As the fall approaches, the trees begin to lose their leaves, but the town remains bright and happy.  The drawings in this thoughtful story are enchanting.  A beautiful tale as we all await Spring.

 

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