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Friday, 10 May 2013

Review: Bernie hearts Flora

Bernie and Flora have been friends for a very long time. They love hanging out together in Bernie's garden, breathing in the mass of Spring flowers.

One morning, Flora decides to surprise Bernie by popping over to make him breakfast. She rings the doorbell. No answer! Perhaps he's in the garden, so she peeks over the wall.

Oh my! All Bernie's flowers are gone! His washing is flapping in the breeze, but every single flower has vanished.
What on earth happened?

Flora dashes around the neighbourhood asking Lou the dog and Annabel the sheep and other local friends, but no one knows who stole the flowers.

Despondent, Flora heads back to Bernie's place and walks in the door to find him in the living room surrounded by flowers! Can you guess what he might have prepared for Flora?

Using the old tried-and-true "I didn't do it, but maybe such-and-such did" storytelling formula, this book takes children on a romp through a delightful neighbourhood of friendly animals, and reminds us how lovely it is to do precious things for our friends.

The author's gorgeous illustrations, slipping between coloured and monochrome, are pure retro delight, and at the back of the book, she has provided a list of popular flowers and their meanings. There's even a colouring sheet tucked into the final end paper flap.


Title: Bernie hearts Flora
Author/Illustrator: Annemie Berebrouckx
Publisher: Book Island, NZ$19.99 RRP 
Publication Date: November 2012
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9780987669612

For ages: 5 - 10
Type: Picture Book


  1. Absolutely love this book as well as Book Island's other two releases. If this is a sample of great European picture books we are missing out by not having many translations into English.

  2. I agree, Vicki! And this is why I love publishers like Book Island and Wilkins Farago.


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