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Mummahh

Dandelions Picture Book

Dandelions Picture Book

Christmas gift idea

Dandelions is a gorgeous picture book which will inspire the imagination.

In our time-poor parenting age this whimsical picture book reminds us of the value of taking the time to be in the moment and embrace life’s beauty, wherever we find it, in all its delicate detail.

A celebration of the bond between a father and his daughter, Dandelions is also a joyful, floating flight into the simple pleasure of letting your imagination take you on a journey.

This gorgeous picture book is the story of a little girl who one day notices her father mowing the lawn — in the process destroying her favourite flowers: the dandelions. She rushes out to stop him, but she’s too late, they’re all gone. Taking her hand, her Dad leads her to the house, and there, nestled by a post, are two tiny dandelion puff balls. Father and daughter each blow as hard as they can, and the tiny dandelion parachutes spiral and spin, up, up and away, spreading their seeds to create new generations of dandelions far and wide. And together, father and ­­­daughter lie down on the grass, watching as they whirl and twirl through the air.

Exquisite watercolour illustrations combine with lyrical text to create a story that’s perfect for readers aged 4–8. This is a book that will be cherished by families and recommended by teachers and librarians, exploring as it does the resilience of nature, the art of forgiveness, and the love between a parent and child.

Importantly Dandelions is an exploration of Imagination, which once it takes flight, like a dandelion seed, can transport you just about anywhere.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Katrina McKelvey is an author, former primary school teacher, and mother of two. She is the president of the CBCA Newcastle sub-branch, and on the committee for the Newcastle Writers’ Festival. Dandelions is Katrina’s first picture book.

Kirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator and former paediatric nurse, whose illustrations display a profound understanding of the needs of children. She can be found enjoying good times with her husband and four children in Newcastle, Australia.

Katrina and Kirrili met through their husbands. Once high school friends the two men are now loving dads. This book celebrates their dedication, and the nurturing love of dads everywhere, even those who may have inadvertently mown down the odd cherished dandelion.

Dandelions is available from www.ekbooks.com.au and wherever good books are sold. RRP $24.99

 

Love Mummahh

Green-divider

Win Competition Closed. Winner Kelly Brown.

Win a copy of this wonderful book!

Dandelions Picture Book

To enter simply comment below and tell me what your favourite flower is and why?

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Dandelions valued at $24.99.

Competition closes 5 December 2015. Full T&C’s can be found here.

 

Good luck!

26 Comments

  1. tara December 5, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    an iris. My grandmother loves them and so do i, so its a generational love!

  2. Ange December 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I love Dandelions and blowing on them to make wishes

  3. Bee Bowdlert December 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I love snapdragons, they’re fun with the kids, little monster dragons that open and shut there mouths and bite unsuspecting little kids. 😀

  4. Lennice Cummings December 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Dandelions, I just ordered myself a Xmas present a necklace with a glass ball with a dandelion inside

  5. Amy Lu December 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I absolutely love Cherry Blossoms. I love that feeling they bring of spring being just around the corner.

  6. Renee Ballantyne December 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I love daffodils as they are so bright and cheery

  7. Eva Kiraly December 4, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Carnations are my favourite, I’m not sure why, but I can’t seem to grow them and that makes me wild!

  8. Michelle December 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I love the poppy, seeing this flower allows me the remember our fallen soldiers.

  9. Laura Powers December 3, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Daphne it just smells incredible! I have a plant by my front path and the smells wafts into the house, love it!

  10. Natasha McDonald December 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Japanese Blue Orchid, delicate, fragile, brightly coloured, beautiful to look at

  11. Matt Brown December 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Sunflowers, cause they look like happiness 🙂

  12. Kelly Brown December 1, 2015 at 7:16 am

    My favourite flower is a daffodil because they are bright, smell beautiful and make me smile.

  13. Lucia Saal November 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I love lily’s. They are beautiful, last a long time and are really fragrant!

  14. Helena L November 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    My mum has a Chinese “bak lan” tree in her garden that bears these pale yellow flowers with beautiful elongated petals. It releases the most heavenly scent in spring and I would love to buy one for my own garden, but I have never seen the same kind of plant in any Aussie nursery! It reminds me of home 🙂

  15. Lara Daebritz November 22, 2015 at 1:07 am

    The fragrance of frangipanis takes me back to many wonderful family holidays in Bali – to me, they are a symbol of relaxation and serenity!

  16. AmberB November 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Daisies. I love their unassuming beauty; simple, bright and fresh.

  17. Jen G November 18, 2015 at 7:44 am

    The flower on the Christmas bush. When the red buds emerge I know it’s only weeks until my favourite time of the year!

  18. sonya November 17, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I love jasmine, not because it’s particularly beautiful but it has the most wonderful smell!!

  19. DIANA O November 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Blue Iris. Visually very pleasing, and their delicate soft scent carried on the breeze is beyond words.

  20. Ern November 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Crimson roses, so deep in colour they look like soft velvet, and always have the most amazing, intense scent.

  21. Maria November 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Orchids. They’re beautiful, powerful and proud!

  22. karina l November 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I love fields of sunflowers – all nice and tall!

  23. Bee Bowdlert November 17, 2015 at 8:52 am

    My favourite flower is snapdragons, my little people love opening and shutting the snapdragons little mouths and chasing each other with them, roaring, very cute.

  24. Anastasia November 17, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Tulips because they are delicate and colourful.

  25. Charlotte L. November 15, 2015 at 6:28 am

    The Jasmine flower, its gorgeous scent wafting through the breeze reminds me that spring is here!

    • Mummahh November 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

      I love jasmine too, such a strong beautiful scent!