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The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

    The 1980 Caldecott Honor book ¿The Garden of Abdul Gasazi¿ is written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg., and it was published in 1979. Allsburg was born on June 18, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is both a children book author and illustrator. He attended art school at the University of Michigan and received his Masters of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design. He, his wife, and his two daughters currently live in Providence, Rhode Island. ¿The Garden of Abdul Gasazi¿ is about a young boy, Alan Mitz, and Miss. Hester¿s dog Fritz. One day, Miss Hester stopped by and asked Alan to watch her dog and to give him a walk. Fritz was a mischievous dog and Alan knew how much trouble Fritz was, but Alan still agreed to watch him for Miss Hester. Right away when the two were alone, Fritz ran into a parlor and chewed on things, ¿but Alan was ready.¿ While taking Fritz on his walk, Alan came across a sign saying ¿ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THIS GARDEN.¿ The sign was signed by Abdul Gasazi who was a retired magician. Alan, doing the right thing, turned away from the garden to begin walking Fritz again, but before he know it Fritz snapped out of his collar and ran straight into the garden. Alan cried, ¿Fritz, stop, you bad dog,¿ but the dog didn¿t listen. Will Alan ever find Fritz? What magical things do you think Alan experiences in Abdul Gasazi¿s garden? After all, Gasazi was a retired magician. This book is nicely written with magical illustrations. Although they are in black in white, they are still beautifully done. The plot was very intriguing, and the book was very enthralling to me. Children will definitely have a good time reading this book and going through the things that young Alan experiences. The reading level for this book is 4, and the age range is 4 to 8. Allsburg, Chris V. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    Garden of Abdul Gasazi Review

    Ever had a mischievous dog? In this story Miss Hester leaves her mischievous dog with young Alan Mitz. Alan has dealt with this dog before and knows all the tricks to keep the dog from destroying the furniture, shaking the stuffing out of the pillows, and messing up his hat. However, everything changes when they wake up from a nap, and the dog decides he needs to go for a walk. They stumble upon a garden that has a sign saying, ¿Absolutely, Positively No Dogs Allowed In This Garden, signed Abdul Gasazi, Retired Magician.¿ Alan believed the sign however the dog ran straight into the garden. After a long search for Fritz, the dog, he ended up at Abdul Gasazi still searching. Gasazi invited him in and presented him with his dog, which was now a duck. Gasazi refused to change the dog back but said perhaps it would wear off in a day. How would Alan ever tell Miss Hester about her dog, or would he have too? Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is author of fifteen books to date, and illustrator of several more. He is also no stranger to the Caldecott Medal, he has won the Caldecott Honor Medal, and also is a two-time Caldecott Medal, with this being one of the books he received this prestigious award with. Alsburg is an excellent illustrator and writer and has everyone longing to be able to hear the bells.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    we all like it

    There were 5 different opinions. Shane's, Osato's, J.D.'s, and William's were that the pictures needed more color. The bad thing about it was Fritz got lost. Osato said, 'The pictures were bad.' Shane said, 'The pictures were good!' William said, 'It can't be true because magic is not true.' Shane said, 'I like this book because I like magic.' William said, 'It was kind of a mystery. The man in it was mean.' Osato said, 'The man in it tricked Alan.' We really liked this book.

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