'A little kindness goes a long way,' is the subtle moral depicted in this gentle tale by award winning Australian authorial illustrator Bob Graham. All the children are afraid of mean Mr Wintergarten.
His garden is grey and sunless and it is guarded, they say, by a dog like a wolf and a saltwater crocodile.
By contrast, the garden of his sunny new neighbours, the Summers, is a playground of happiness and flowers.
One day Rose's ball goes over the fence into Mr Wintergarten's garden and, prompted by her mother, Rose visits her frosty next-door neighbour, bearing hot fairy cakes and flowers.
What will Mr Wintergarten say?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/08/2003
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780744598292
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Review by AdrienneWood
This is a great book to show how rumors get spread and how a little kindness can go a long way to change a person's life.Little Rose is sent to retrieve a ball that she has lost over Mr Wintergarten's fence. Convinced that he is everything her new friends say that he is, she is quite afraid to go. While visiting with him, he is almost as scary as she has been told, but something about Rose's warmth melts Mr Wintergarten's icy exterior.
Review by RiaO
This is a cute little story of the generic "mean neighbor next door." Rose's family has just moved into the neighborhood, and while playing with neighborhood kids, loses her ball over the fence to the dark and dreary house. The neighborhood kids tell Rose all kinds of scary storys about how the neighbors mean and has a pet crocodile that eats children! After talking to her mother, Rose gains the courage to go over to ask for her ball back, and she realizes that the neighbor, Mr. Wintergarten, is not scary at all but very nice!I would use this for a second and older age group. I think its a great story on not jumping to conclusions and to not judge someone for what's on the outside, but what's on the inside.