In a village high above the clouds, where nobody's happy and nothing grows, a little girl dreams of a garden flourishing behind her father's house. Every day the cynical villagers watch and mock the little girl. But, watered with her kindness and patience, the garden eventually yields the most important fruit: the restored hope and happiness of the entire village. Perhaps the greatest gift you can ever give another is to hold them in the highest regard and to see what is best and unique about them. In Mishan's Garden, a little girl sees all that is good and beautiful in the hearts of everyone around her and thereby transforms the lives of her entire village.
Mishan lives in The Village Above the White Clouds in remotest China, where nothing grows and no one belongs. Taking to heart her father s dream that, one day, a beautiful garden of hopes and dreams will flourish at their inn, Mishan plants seeds in the snow and tells the despondent, cynical villagers that they are like the loving, giving forces of nature. When selflessness and a sense of community finally prevail, Mishan s garden blooms, and her fame spreads. Although Vollbracht s heroine never becomes much more than a sweet-faced mouthpiece, the restrained storytelling is quietly compelling, and Brooke s crisply inked watercolor portraits of village life and colorfully costumed characters are vivid enough to maintain the story s momentum. This book is a significant revision of Her Father s Garden (1996). Ages 5 up.