That's Not a Daffodil!

That's Not a Daffodil!

by Elizabeth Honey
     
 

A playful story that children will enjoy again and again about an inventive boy, a kindly gardener, a growing friendship, and the promise of a bulb
 

When Tom's neighbor Mr. Yilmaz gives him a brown bulb, Tom can't believe it will flower. "That's not a daffodil!" says Tom. "Well," says the old gardener. "Let's plant it and see." Tom plays

Overview

A playful story that children will enjoy again and again about an inventive boy, a kindly gardener, a growing friendship, and the promise of a bulb
 

When Tom's neighbor Mr. Yilmaz gives him a brown bulb, Tom can't believe it will flower. "That's not a daffodil!" says Tom. "Well," says the old gardener. "Let's plant it and see." Tom plays a game of imagination as the daffodil bulb given to him by his kindly neighbor grows first into a green beak, then turns into a rocket, and finally into a trumpet of gold. A satisfying tale, playful repetition, and building anticipation will make children request this story again and again. 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Wrought in the same lively spirit as her Don't Pat the Wombat! . . . plenty of laughs and drama."  —Publishers Weekly on Fiddleback

"A welcome addition to read-aloud collections, this connects with picture books encouraging imagination as well as those on plants and gardens." —Booklist Online

"[A] playful picture book" with "pastel hues, soft edges, and appealing textures."  –School Library Journal, online

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Tom's neighbor gives him a bulb and tells him it is a daffodil, but Tom thinks it looks more like an onion than a flower. Mr. Yilmaz teaches the boy how to plant it and care for it, and each time they meet, he asks, "How's the daffodil?" Tom always has an imaginative answer—it's a green beak, a hand with five flat fingers, a street light, etc. Finally, it really looks like a daffodil, and the boy's excitement is contagious as he grabs Mr. Yilmaz by the hand and takes him to what now looks like "a trumpet of gold!" The artwork, done in muted colors, is simple and soft and shows the child's imagination as he watches each stage of the bulb's growth. The relationship between the exuberant boy and his encouraging neighbor is a delight as they care for the plant. When a dog knocks over the pot, one of Mr. Yilmaz's grandchildren yells, "Call the plant ambulance!" A charming story, beautifully illustrated.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
You can't judge a flower by its bulb. Mr. Yilmaz from next door visits young Tom with a gift in a rumpled paper bag: a little bulb. He says it's a daffodil, but Tom insists that it's an onion. "Well, let's plant it and see," Mr. Yilmaz says. They set to work, planting the bulb in a terracotta pot. Then they use a watering can to "make it rain." Nothing happens for a long time, though Tom watches the pot faithfully. Then one day there's a little green beak sticking up. The beak opens up and eventually turns into, according to Tom, a hand with five green fingers. Mr. Yilmaz visits from time to time, bringing different fruits and vegetables on each visit. One finger develops a bud; when Mr. Yilmaz mentions the daffodil, Tom calls it a wet rocket. Finally in the spring, the bud blooms, and, of course, it's not an onion. Tom runs to get Mr. Yilmaz to see their beautiful daffodil, which Tom calls "a trumpet of gold." Honey tucks a lot of learning into her simple tale. Her soft-focus illustrations capture the warmth of the relationship at its center. Blue-eyed Tom is watchful and intent, and Mr. Yilmaz, with his salt-and-pepper moustache, cuts a jaunty figure in a plaid cap and red vest. Sure to bring a smile, if not an actual daffodil. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781742372488
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,303,480
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Honey is the author of Don't Pat the Wombat!, Fiddleback, The Moon in the Man, Not a Nibble, and Remote Man.

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