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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
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Jul 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, animals, caldecott-honor, 4-0, author-study, magic, van-allsburg, dog, own, in-classroom
Read on July 20, 2009 — I own a copy

Ah, my introduction to Chris Van Allsburg. His first outing produced a Caldecott Honor.

Van Allsburg's images are so statuesque; his stories play off of the Twilight Zone part of our universe. They are almost magical. Of course, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is most definitely magical.

A boy who is entrusted with the care of Miss Hester's dog (this dog shows up in all of Van Allsburg's books) learns there are consequences to his actions. He does not rein in the dog and Mr. Gasazi, a retired magician, gives the boy a lesson he will not soon forget.

The themes in this book are repeated in many of Van Allsburg's stories.

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