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Children's Fiction Friendship

The Dog’s Gardener

by (author) Patricia Storms

illustrated by Nathalie Dion

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Friendship, Dogs, Pets
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price

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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:

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

About the authors


Patricia Storms est une auteure-illustratrice de livres pour enfants reconnue. Elle a reçu de nombreuses récompenses. Elle a notamment illustré Les 13 fantômes de l’Halloween et Le labo sous zéro. Patricia vit à Toronto.


Patricia Storms is a Toronto-based illustrator who has created editorial illustrations, greeting cards, and comic strips. Most recently, she has illustrated 13 Ghosts of Halloween (Les 13 fantômes de l'Halloween) and Snowy Science (Le labo sous zéro). She has worked on magazine covers for Chirp and the science-based magazine for kids, Know.


Patricia Storms' profile page

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.


Nathalie Dion's profile page

Editorial Reviews

This is a lovely celebration of a simple, perfect summer day shared between friends.

Horn Book

Luscious, rich depth of color and effective visual design.

Kirkus Reviews

[A] soothing narrative.


Funny, sweet, and wise.

Open Book

The Dog's Gardener is what we should be: mindful of what we're doing and with whom and appreciating every positive moment.

Can Lit for LittleCanadians Blog

Try to keep a child away from a garden after being introduced to its delights by Dutch.

Toronto Star

An evocative visual story evoking pleasurable outdoor experiences.

Publishers Weekly

[A] sweet tale about best friends.

Canadian Children's Book News

[A] perfect feel-good picture book for bringing joy to these troubled times.

CM Review of Materials

Storms’ deliciously sweet and subtle text is beautifully matched by Dion’s sumptuous gouache illustrations.

Globe and Mail

[A] simple, gentle text.


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