Sunday, 17 April 2016

Dandelions by Katrina McKelvey and Kirrili Lonergan (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

October 2015, Exisle Publishing, 32 pages, Review copy 

Summary from Exisle Publishing
One day, a little girl notices her father mowing the lawn — in the process destroying her favourite flowers: the dandelions. She rushes out to stop him, but she’s too late, they’re all gone. There’s nothing for it: she’s just going to have to sit outside and wait until they grow back! But fortunately, Dad has another idea. Taking her hand, he leads her to the front step, and there, nestled in a crack in the concrete, are two tiny dandelion puff balls.

Nayu's thoughts  
Quality time is spent together for this father and daughter doing simple and rewarding activities revolving around dandelions. I love stories that focus on family relationships. The anguish the girl experiences when the dandelions are mown soon dissipates into pure joy as the two of them look at the dandelions which survived the incident. 

It shows the magic of nature which is more incredible than a video game. It encourages readers to go out and explore the world outside peoples homes which can be enjoyed by all the family. It emphasizes spending quality time together together too. I found the illustrations breathtaking, making me feel like it's a lazy summer day with a gentle breeze. 

There's a really cool trailer for it too! 

Find out more on both Katrina's website and Kirrili's website

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