Bloom – Doreen Cronin, illustrated by David Small

81sfbfqedrl Bloom – Doreen Cronin, illustrated by David Small, A Caitlyn Diouhy Book/Atheneum, (9781442406209), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1 – 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a fairytale about a kingdom made of glass.  Bloom is a fairy who lives there and she has wondrous powers.  “Bloom’s magic could spin sand into glass, turn weeds into blossoms, and  grow a trickle of rainwater into racing river.”  Bloom is always covered in mud and the people complain about her heavy steps and muddy footprints so one day she leaves the kingdom. Soon the kingdom begins to fall to pieces and is held together with duct tape.  The King and Queen seek out Bloom for her help, but they turn away when she offers mud as the solution. The royals then send an “ordinary girl” to plead with Bloom for the solution to their problem.  Bloom soon shows the small, quiet girl named Genevieve how to make bricks from the mud.  Genevieve grows in confidence and returns to help rebuild the kingdom.  As Bloom told her “…there is no such thing as an ordinary girl.” The illustrations are full of detail and whimsy befitting a fairytale.  This is a story about how the ordinary can do extraordinary things.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book will be enjoyed by readers of fairytales and those who love strong female protagonists.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/14/17             

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