Wildflower by Melanie Brown, illustrated by Sara Gillingham. Greystone Kids, 2022. 9781771649063
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book: Truly a special story beautifully illustrated with a powerful message to love yourself exactly as you are. Daisy just blooms, enjoying the sun and her place in the garden. Until Rose tells her she is a weed, something that wasn’t planted and gets in the way. Daisy starts to droop each time another plant tells her she is just a weed. Sage shares that she is a chef’s best friend, Sunflower towers over the garden and has seeds good to eat, Chamomile makes a soothing tea that helps people to sleep, and Strawberry Flower produces sweet and juicy fruit to feed people. Then Sweet Pea comes along and tells Daisy that she wasn’t planted; she also blew in with the wind and gets called a weed sometimes. Blackberry Vine chimes in that she gets called a weed, even though she makes delicious berries. Clover helps other plants grow but gets called a weed too. Dandelion’s seeds fly through the air and tell Daisy that they are wildflowers and grow wherever the wind takes them. Lastly, Milkweed meekly introduces herself as a weed. Daisy welcomes her proudly to their beautiful garden declaring that every plant is special and belongs no matter what they are called.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A wonderful read aloud for introducing gardening and social emotional learning for accepting differences, self-compassion, and supporting each other.
Who should buy this book? Preschools, day cares, 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, L.G. Nourse Elementary School, Norton, MA
Date of review: May 14, 2022