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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2007

    an enjoyable book for children

    Van Allsburg Chris, The garden of Abdul and Gasazi , Houghton miffin company,1979 Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18th, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947. Chris¿s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery, they delivered it to homes all around Grand Rapid. When Chris was born, his family lived in an old farm house next door to the large brick creamery building. It was a very old house had once looked over farmland. When Chris was three years old, his family moved to a new house at the edge of Grand. It was about a mile and a half to Breton Downs School, which Chris walked to every day and attended until 6th grade, when the Van Allsburg family moved again. The next house they lived in was an old brick Tudor Style house in East Grand Rapids. Chris went to junior and senior high school in East Grand Rapids Because of the high level of academic achievement at East Grand Rapids High School, the University of Michigan, sent an admissions officer to Chris¿s high school to interview students. Chris remembers that interview as a fateful day in determining what would become his career. Chris went to the University of Michigan in the fall of 1967.In 1975, after earning his M.F.A. degree at RISD, Chris set up a sculpture studio in Providence, RI. He married Lisa Morrison. Chris first exhibited his sculpture in New York City in 1977. Lisa, who used picture books when teaching her 3rd grade students, encouraged Chris to consider making illustrations for a story book. Chris set aside some time and created the story and pictures that became The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, published in 1979. Since then, Chris has written and illustrated 15 books and has illustrated three others that were written by Mark Helprin. In 1980, he was awarded the Caldecott Honor Medal for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Chris is also the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, and was the recipient of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Chris has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. The book was about a little boy Alan who is asked to watch a dog named fritz whose owner miss Hester is going out of town. Fritz is known for causing some problems . When Alan takes the dog for a walk it gets loose and run in to a garden, owned by a magician who does not allow dog in his garden. The little boy searches for the dog and soon funs in to the magician. He finds the dog/ duck who flies away. The boy wonders how he will ever tell the owner what happened. The suddenly the dog is right back where it belongs. The mystery is how and if the duck was not fritz than where was fritz the whole time. You will love the ending and so will the kids who read it. The garden of Abdul and Gasazi was fun to read. It kept you wondering what would happen to the dog and why he did not want dog in his garden. The pictures were bright and colorful. The end has a little twist to it. Hey kids! Have you ever seen a dog fly? Well this dog does when he get turned in to a duck! He enters the garden of a great magician what do you think happens to him? Does he get turned in to a duck, or is it just a trick? You will have to read and find out. ¿Fritz , stop you Bad dog¿ ! ¿ certainly you man have your little Fritzie , fallow me.¿

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