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