Bloom by Anne Booth, illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Bloom by Anne Booth, illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen. Tiny Owl Publishing, c2020, 2021. 9781910328637

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

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book:   A story of kindness and the importance of our words.  The bright and colorful illustrations bring to life this story in which a young girl teaches an old man how to BLOOM.   Every morning a little girl visits the old man’s flower on her way to school.   She admires it and talks to it.  “I think you’re wonderful.  Thank you for being here for us.  I love you.”   One morning, the old man wakes up early and shouts at the girl to go away.  She stays away and the flower does not open.  The old man waters it and crossly asks his gardener why it is not blooming.   Day after day he waters the flower and gives it shade and it still does not open.  He tells it how wonderful he is, how lucky it is to be his flower, and how important his job was.  But it still doesn’t open.  He complains to his gardener, who tells him that it bloomed when the little girl stopped by each morning.  The old man goes to the school to ask the girl to come back.  He shares with her what he has been saying to the flower and she teaches him that he should focus on the flower and not so much on himself.  She tells him to tell the flower how wonderful it is, thank it for being there, and how much he loves it.  So he does and realizes how lucky he truly is and his cold heart is now filled with love.  ‘And the flower BLOOMED.’

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   A wonderful read aloud to share with young readers during the spring and summer months.  This would be great introduction for a discussion on being kind and the power of our words.   In the classroom, this would be a super story for inferences and the use of color to tell a story through illustrations.

Who should buy this book?  Elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  July 26, 2021

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