The Garden of Abdul Gazi

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The book The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is one of my favourites of Chris Van Allsburg. It offers so many questions and so few answers. My question to you today is “What is the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gasazi? Use evidence from the text and your own ideas to justify your answer.

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23 thoughts on “The Garden of Abdul Gazi

    Dylan said:
    November 5, 2014 at 10:50 am

    The magic probably tricked Allan. I think the big idea about how the dog had the hat.

    Sierra said:
    November 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I think the main idea is dont believe everything people say because it the text they believed that Abdul gazi can turn dogs into ducks but he was just saying that.

    Muffah said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I think the main idea is when the Fitz ran into the garden. And Allen couldent find Flitz also the part when Gasazi tricked Allen by telling him I turned your dog into a duck.

    Madison said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I think the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gaszi is to never fall for a trick. I know this because in the text Allen fell for one of Abdul Gaszi’s tricks because Allen thought that Gaszi turned fritz into a duck. This shows that you should never fall for someone’s trick.

    the joker logan said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Abdul Gasazi probably do’sent want anyone to see his garden and even dogs so he turns something precious into a duck and tells the owner to leave with the duck without the person knowing that he turned it into something and plays a trick instead making the owner silly and confused and Abdul calls the previous owner or taking care of something for the person stuff and returns the dog.

    Marta said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I think the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, is to always be clever about certain things. I know this because in the text, Allen just walked up to the garden completely unaware that Fritz, the dog, was going to break out of his collar and run into the garden, also, when Allen was taking the dog on a walk he should not have brought him to the garden in the first place if he knew that Fritz was going to behave badly. This shows that Allen should have been more smart about his choice.

    Connor said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I think the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gazi is don’t believe what all people say because it may not be true. I know because In the text Allan believed Mr. gazi turned Fritz into a duck because Mr. gazi told him that he did because he doesn’t like dogs so he turns them into ducks. This shows that Allan beliveved Abdul Gazi said because the fact he was a retired magician that he could turn dogs into ducks ( NOTE: nobody can do that) That’s why I think the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gazi is don’t beliveve what all people say because it may not be true.

    Muffah said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Also think that the Author is trying to tell us to take care of our pets.

    logan said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Abdul Gasazi probably do’sent want anyone to see his garden and even dogs so he turns something precious into a duck and tells the owner to leave with the duck without the person knowing that he turned it into something and plays a trick instead making the owner silly and confused and Abdul calls the previous owner or taking care of something for the person stuff and returns the dog: >:)

    Sylvia said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

    THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI
    MAIN IDEA

    i think the main idea of ” The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is Responsibility. I know this because in the text, Alan, the boy who was looking after Mrs. Hester’s dog, Fritz, was going to take him out for his afternoon walk, when things got out of control and Fritz ran into Mr. Abdul Gasazi’s garden, and they got in to trouble when Mr. Gasazi found out that Alan and Fritz were on his property. Also, when Mr. Gasazi made Alan think he turned Fritz into a duck because they were on his property. It takes lots of responsibility to handle a situation like that. Therefore, this shows that the main idea of ” The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is responsibility.

    By Sylvia

    Zakery said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I think the main idea of THE GARDEN OF ABUL GAZASI is that magic is real because abul said he turned fritz into a duck and alen believed him and the duck flew away but found its way back home but the duck stole alens hat and when the dog fritz came home it had alens hat, so that’s why I think the main idea is that magic is real.

    Autumn said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I think the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gazi is don’t go where your not supposed to and don’t trust people that you don’t know because if you do you will not see what’s coming just like Allen Mitz did trying to find Ritz.

    Lennox said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I think that the main idea of ”the garden of Abdul Gasazi” is that you should never give up unless you’ve tried your hardest. I think that this is the main idea because in the text, when mitz couldn’t find fritz (the dog) the text said that fritz searched for hours and hours until finally, he found the magicians house. Mitz tried his hardest to find fritz because he loved his dog. Another example on why fritz loves his dog so much is because after the magician told Mitz that he had turned fritz into a duck, gave fritz a duck and then told fritz to leave, the text said that Mitz was in tears because the duck flew away. This proves my answer because Mitz loves his dog very much but has to accept the fact that he will never see his dog again. Never give up until you’ve tried your hardest.

    cheryl said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I think the main idea of The Garden Of Abdul Gazi is really about responsibility. This shows in the text when Allan takes Fritz for his afternoon walk to Ms. Hester’s house, After he continued his walk. Allan stopped to read a sign it said ” Absolutely positively no dogs allowed in this garden” Allan should have listened to the sign and kept going, but fritz broke free from his collar and ran into the garden. Allan was chasing him if Allan was more responsible this would have never happened. What if he never got Fritz back?

    By Cheryl 😉

    Jay is said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I think the main idea of the garden of Abdul gagazi is when the kid gets tricked from Abdul,when mrs haster had to left the dog with Alan so when mrs haster had to leave the dog then the dog was playing around the living room when the he was tired from playing then he fell asleep Alan had to sleep too then the dog bit Alan in the nose on the afternoon when Alan got the leech when Alan put on the leech on to the dog when they got to the door then the dog pulled Alan the when the dog is leading him to somewhere in the then Alan saw a sign that said retirement of Abdul gagazi and then the dog broke the leech off then the started running forward the garden,that’s my favourite part.

    Elyse said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I think the main idea is always have your dogs on the leash at all times and make sher he’s/she collar is always tight enough so the your dogs don’t get away off the leash and get loss like when fizz had a luss collar and got loss.🐾🐈😦

    Chloe said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I think the main idea of “The Garden of Abdul Gasazi” is responsibility comes with a price. I think this is the main idea because in the text, when Allen Mitz agreed to watch Fritz, he wasn’t responsible and he got tricked into believing Fritz was turned into a duck. Mrs. Hester gave Mitz the responsibility of watching her dog while she was out for the afternoon, and well, he blew it. He had a nap, and while he was, Fritz was sleeping too, getting active and extremely hyper. Allen took Fritz for a walk near a garden which had a sign that said “ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO DOGS ALLOWED” and Fritz broke free of his leash, causing Allen to chase Fritz though out the garden. Allen wasn’t responsible because first of all, who takes a nap when their dog sitting? Second of all, when Allen was chasing Fritz, he went into a total strangers house! That guy could have been a murderer or something! Finally, when Abdul turned Fritz into a “duck”, Mitz didn’t even stop to think for a second that Abdul could be pulling his leg. He should have been able to tell Mr. Gasazi never really turned Fritz into a duck because when Allen left the garden, Abdul was laughing behind him. This shows that if Allen was reponsible, he wouldn’t have been tricked and he wouldn’t of had another worry that Mrs. Hester would be furious with him because he got her dog turned into a duck.

    Joshuaanson0331 said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I think the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is don’t let your dog run off on you because in the text a sign said no dogs allowed. The dog Fritz was interested in the garden and he darted into it. Alan had to give chase, even though he read the sign. Then Alan couldn’t see Fritz anymore.

    Jorja said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I think the main idea of the garden ova duo gazi is adults don’t lie because at the end when alin when fritz brought Alin hat to miss.hesters feet. And miss.hester knows mr.gasazi used magic.

    Jewel said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:31 am

    The Garden of Abdul Gasazi
    I think the main idea of The Garden of Abdul Gasazi is responsibility comes with a price. I know this because in the text, Allen Mitz was trusted with Mrs. Hester’s dog, Fritz. Mrs. Hester reminded Allen about how Fritz needed his walk, so before Allen and Fritz went for a walk, Allen and Fritz went for a cat nap which is ironic because Fritz is a dog. The first sign that shows Allen was not responsible was when they were on their walk, Allen and Fritz made a stop at a sign which said “ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THIS GARDEN”, yet when Allen finished reading, he did not have a good grip on Fritz, so Fritz broke free. When Allen was trying to find Fritz, instead of Allen going straight to Mr. Gasazi (The owner of the house) he ran through the garden trying to take matters into his own little hands. Before Abdul Gasazi “turned Fritz into a duck”, Allen could have found Fritz with Abdul and brought him home without any harm. The last reason that shows Allen was not responsible was he walked into a stranger’s house! Has he ever heard of STRANGER DANGER?! Besides that fact, Mr. Gasazi could have been a child stalker or a murderer! Instead of Fritz missing, Allen could have been missing… Allen could have just asked if Mr. Gasazi knew where Fritz was. To be responsible, responsibility comes with a price and I don’t think Allen was ready to also be trusted with a dog that bites and rips apart things. Mrs. Hester also wasn’t that responsible too because she left a child with a dog that bites and rips things apart.
    -Jewel

    Lucas said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I think the main idea of the garden of Abdul gasazi is don’t believe everything you hear. I think this is the main idea because in the text alan believed abdul that he turned fritz into a duck I didn’t believe that Abdul turned fritz into a duck because it doesn’t seem realistic.

    mark said:
    November 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I think the main idea of the garden of Abdul gasazi is don’t believe every thing you hear I now this because in the text alin tock the dog fore a walk and the dog broke his caller and in to Abdul’s garden and the dog got ternd in to a duck and alin believed him and alin went back and saw the dog to be continued…

    Keira said:
    November 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I think the main idea of THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI is that you must always be responsible. I know this because in the text, Allan was supposed to be watching his neighbour dog, Fritz. When he had to take Fritz on a walk, he let the dog lead the way. Because he let Fritz lead the way, they ended up outside a no dogs allowed zone, and Fritz ran inside, and Allan could not find him. If Allan had been responsible, and shown the dog who was boss, Fritz may not have ran away, and he would treat Allan with more respect. That is why I think the main idea of THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI is to always be responsible. ( I’m sorry for the lack of the other big main events. They were irrelevant to the evidence I need for my main idea)

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