The Gardening Dog

The Gardening Dog

By Author / Illustrator

Cindy Wume


Friends and family

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Pan Macmillan




Paperback / softback




Meet two very special friends in this heartwarming and beautifully illustrated tale. Watch as a boy and a dog who don't quite fit in learn that a friendship, like a garden, takes time to grow - but that both are always worth the wait.

The Gardening Dog is never chosen to go home with anyone who visits the rescue centre where she lives. Instead she spends her time quietly growing beautiful plants. Then one day she meets a boy called Lewis, who much prefers drawing to running around with all the other children. Working together, Lewis and The Gardening Dog create a wonderful community garden for everyone to share - and as new shoots grow outside, they build a deep friendship that leads to a new start for them both.



Gardening Dog is not like the other dogs at the rescue centre. They're happy, whatever the weather, gardening. Lewis is not like the other children at the school. He's happy drawing. When drawing and gardening combine, the two new friends work together to create a garden that is everyone's favourite place, proving that 'if we just wait, something wonderful will happen!'

Gardening Dog is a beautifully illustrated and charming story of friendship. When a shy dog meets a shy boy a wonderful friendship blossoms. Proving that even through differences, friendships can be formed and grow.

Picture book / Reviewed by Maria Faithorn, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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