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Tuesday 6 October 2015

Review: Dandelions

Warm, engaging themes on father-daughter relationships, forgiveness, and the beauty and power of nature to restore and renew, are addressed in this beautifully designed book. The story is told in the child’s voice.

Dad is cutting the grass. The girl runs out, too late to save the dandelions from being mowed down. She’s cross at him. To dad they’re weeds. To the little girl they are delicate puff balls, that when blown free of their stalks, float on the air and wind. Dad finds two flowers still clinging to a post. There’s forgiveness for dad’s unconscious action and together they send the puffs on their way.

The puffs become tiny parachutes lifted and carried magically to unknown places beyond reach. Where do they go and what happens to the tiny seeds?

Father and daughter imagine the journey of the lighter than a feather travelling puffs. They pass over rose beds and sunflowers, above and through weeping willow branches that shade resting animals and water pools. They float under oaks and through countryside, drawn towards the sun. Then when their travels are over, they fall to the ground to be reborn again into golden dandelions.

The eye-catching watercolours in soft shades extend to full-page illustrations throughout Dandelions. Filled with light and joyful scenes, the entire book reflects a sense of serenity, freedom and love.

Title: Dandelions
Author: Katrina McKelvey
Illustrator: Kirrili Lonergan
Publisher: EK Books, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781921966828
For ages: 4 - 8
Type: Picture Book