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"This is without question one of the best -- and most original -- picture books in years." The New York Times
When the dog he is caring for runs away from Alan into the forbidden garden of a retired dog-hating magician, a spell seems to be cast over the contrary dog.
Want to challenge your students or kids to some deeper thinking? Want to make them study the pictures carefully? Want to introduce your students or kids to a great author? Or do you just want to have fun reading books that are a little quirky. Then start with the The Garden of Abul Gasazi? It's fun and the kids will want to read more book by Chris Van Allsburg. Tell them about the dog and see if they can find him in the author's other books. He turns up in some weird place. Study the beautiful illustrations. Expand your students' or kids' vocabulary with the mature beautiful languge. Chris Van Allsburg is my favorite children's author. I own most of his books and I have turned teachers and kids on to the wonderful stories that he conjures up.
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Posted May 10, 2015
i think everyone should read the book Th Garden of Abdul Gasazi. That book is really awsome. Than u to Chris Van Allsburg of writing
Posted April 20, 2007
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.¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2007
I must say I really enjoyed reading 'Garden of Abdul Gasazi.' I thought it was a cute story with a little comedy. Fritz was a mischievous dog. Miss. Hester asked Alan to watch Fritz and give him his afternoon walk. Fritz living up to his reputation escapes from Alan into the Garden that is forbidden to dogs. Will Alan find him and return home before Miss. Hester returns from her visit? Well, you'll just have to read to find out. The only thing more that I could ask for from this book is more color. The pictures already bring the story to life. I believe that color could increase the effectiveness of the pictures even more. Charles Van Allsburg is an original artist. He has had several other awards for picture books. He is not only the author but the illustrator as well. I would recommend this book for the 4th grade reading level. Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1979.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2006
This book is about a little boy, named Alan, who is left to watch Miss. Hester¿s dog, Fritz. The dog ends up getting out of the fence in the front yard. Alan runs after Fritz yelling, ¿Fritz, stop, you bad dog!¿ Fritz would not stop and Alan had to search for him. Alan was just about ready to give up when he followed Fritz¿s tracks. He ended up at the house of Gasazi. Gasazi told Alan that he turned dogs into ducks, and pointed at a duck and said, ¿There¿s your Fritz.¿ Gasazi told Alan to take the bird and to never come back. The duck ran off though, and Alan had to return to Miss. Hester¿s without him. However, when he got there Miss. Hester told him that Fritz had come home a long time ago and was a dog, not a duck. You have to read the book to figure out how this happened.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2001
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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