Blossom Tales: Flower Stories of Many Folk

Blossom Tales: Flower Stories of Many Folk


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Blossom Tales: Flower Stories of Many Folk by Patricia Hruby Powell, Sarah Dillard

There are many recent picturebook collections of folktales about people and animals but, until now, none about flowers. Blossom Time is a collection of 14 folktales about flowers from many cultures and lands, including North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Told in the eloquent language of a professional storyteller, the stories are evocative of the beauty of flowers, and of mankind's wonder and awe in the face of such natural beauty. The author and her editor worked closely to maintain the author's storytelling "voice" in written form. As a result, the collection begs to be read aloud.

The tales explain how particular flowers came to be; why they have particular properties of appearance, aroma, or life cycle; and how people began cultivating or using them. Origin stories, pourquoi stories, a mystery story, and others, they feature saints and dragons, dwarves and peasants, children and fairies, birds and warriors, an herbalist, a princess, gods, and a prophet. Lands and cultures represented include Sicily, Egypt, Hawaii, Native North America, England, Japan, Russia, South America, Persia, and Italy. There is a bibliography.

Blossom Tales will appeal to a wide range of distinct markets. Its subject matter and horticulturally-accurate illustrations will attract gardeners and other nature lovers, as well as many children--particularly girls. Its multicultural content and carefully researched folklore will make it a must-have for libraries for both juvenile and young adult collections.

About the Author

Patricia Hruby Powell is an award-winning storyteller and community arts specialist, as well as a children's librarian. She was cited as one of the nation's most successful community artists by the NEA-sponsored program American Creates for the Millennium. An avid organic gardener, she has grown all the flowers from the book.

Sarah Dillard studied art at Wheaton Collect (BA) and at the Rhode Island School of Design (MAE). She works full-time at illustrating--in the stationery and giftware markets and in educational publishing, including work for Leapfrog.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780967792989
Publisher: Moon Mountain Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

What People are Saying About This

Dan Keding

What a wonderful collection of tales. From now on when I walk through a garden, I'll look on each of these flowers with new eyes.
— (Dan Keding, storyteller)

Sydney Eddison

Gardening parents will enjoy this charming book as much as their children.
— Sydney Eddison, author of The Self-Taught Gardener

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