When Lydia's parents pass away,to her wicked aunt's, she goes to stay.The house is dark, cold and bare,the garden overgrown and without care.Lydia decides to make things right,by growing flowers, tall and bright!
|Publisher:||Austin-Macauley Publishers Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||297.00(w) x 210.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Joseph Hopkins is an inspiring author that writes children's stories based on personal experiences. He has two beautiful daughters, Dotty and Betty, who are often a big influence on his work. His aim is to provide fun, enjoyable and heartwarming stories to be enjoyed by families together.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lydia Greenfingers based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lydia Greenfingers is a short, rhyming book for young children. Whilst the pages are beautifully adorned with bold and colourful, full-sized images, I wasn’t so keen on the plot. The plot is about a young six year old girl, Lydia, who loves gardening. Her parents die (though the word die isn’t used in the book, but passed away is, a term I detest). Lydia has to go and live with her Aunt Synthia, who she barely knows. Synthia is characterised as this ugly, frightening woman who doesn’t like children. She is drawn living in this dark, bland world and looks a lot like Cruella de Vil. A few days after Lydia moves in, her aunt leaves her all alone, morning and night, whilst she goes to work, for a whole week. When talking about death to a child it has to be done in a sensitive manner, whether that is talking factually, or fictitiously. For me, this book didn’t do that. Revolving a story around the deaths of a child’s parents, not having the child in the story show any kind of grief, and then have her shipped off to live with a woman she doesn’t know, and doesn’t want her, then to be left alone with no-one. To me would scare children. I understand that the author wanted to write a book for his Grandmother, and this could be exactly what happened to her, but that to me isn’t a reason to scare children. Put simply, I wouldn’t recommend this book. It would seem though looking on Amazon (UK) at all the five star reviews that I am alone in my thinking.