Welcome Flower Child: The Magic of Your Birth Flower by Brigette Barrager

Welcome Flower Child: The Magic of Your Birth Flower by Brigette Barrager. Random House, 2021. 9781984830395

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Starting with January, this lovely picture book goes month by month to show the flower associated with that month, relating it to the qualities of those born then. Each two-page spread gives the flower name along with rhyming couplets. I like that, no matter which month the reader was born in, they will see positive qualities associated with that month. For example: “April flowers have no fear/born to thrive and persevere” and “August flowers stand up for what’s just./You’re the kind of friend we all can trust.” The art is gorgeous, full bleed pictures with deep colors of the garden and happy little fairy creatures with skins of green, pink, violet, blue, brown and red. A reader need not ascribe personality traits to the flower of their birth month to enjoy the book – they will just enjoy fanciful fairies in a lush garden of beautifully colored flowers. Although not a story with dramatic action, this will please those who like any kind of imaginative trip to the garden, along with the creatures that may live there.

Anything you didn’t like about it? On the back endpapers, the author’s website is incorrect.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For flower and fairy minded young ones, ages 3-7.

Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Maybe

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: February16, 2021

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