The Wall and the Wild

by Christina Dendy (Author) Katie Rewse (Illustrator)

The Wall and the Wild
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
In a plot of land at the edge of town, Ana grows only perfectly sized plants and perfect-looking flowers; she throws all the irregular shoots and uneven seeds over the wall into the disorderly Wild. But as her garden gets tidier, neater and more constrained, the Wild begins to grow . . .

Kirkus Reviews

This meditation on biodiversity makes its point with grace.

Review quotes

At the edge of Stone Hollow, Ana grows a garden.

Unlike the wild, which edges her little plot, Ana's garden is tidy, neat, and orderly. She uses only the best seeds, tossing the discards into the wild. After planting, Ana builds a stone boundary designed to shelter her garden from the chaos beyond. Before long, her garden begins to grow, sprouting into gorgeous tall flowers and delicious fruits and vegetables. Pollinators and people come to visit. But while her visitors love the garden, Ana is still critical. She pulls out unfamiliar plants that have taken root and sorts through her seeds again, throwing everything she rejects into the wild. Then she builds her stone boundary even higher. Throughout the growing season, Ana perfects her garden and builds her wall ever higher. But the neater she makes her garden, the fewer visitors she sees—and the more she wonders whether tidiness and order ought to be her goals. Eventually, she decides to find out what's behind the wall. Her discovery astounds her. In this sweet, simple story about appreciating wildness in all its forms, the protagonist is pictured as a dark-skinned, black-haired girl with hearing aids. The language is clear and easy to read, and the vibrant illustrations drive the story just as much as the words.

This meditation on biodiversity makes its point with grace.—Kirkus Reviews

— "Journal" (6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM)
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2021

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