Enchantment in the Garden
Author: Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes writes beautiful books and this one is brilliant. The language in this story brings the emotions of the characters to life. This an awesome piece of literature for young children. After reading this I used it to show my children how words can capture feelings and show scenes, as Shirley Hughes has such literate detail in her writing.
Enchantment in the Garden is the story of a rich girl who has everything a child could wish for but she is extremely lonely. She loves the statues in the gardens and christens her favourite one, giving him a name. When she returns the next day the statue is gone. She finds the boy, who she has brought given life to and from there the story unfolds as the boy tries to live in a world unlike his.
This is picture book that I recommend for all ages. I would read it to the very young and I will use it with older children for both pleasure and showing the use of language in great writing (even within children's picture books).
This was available from: Book depository, Fishpond and Amazon