When Yolanda Riggins discovers that the government plans to build a new highway through her beloved dandelion patch, she rises up in protest and asserts her God-given right to private ownership of property. Will she succeed against all odds to save her dandelion patch? Will tact, truth, and tough love win the day for Yolanda and the children who love her? Read this delightful book to find out.
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About the Author
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction for both children and adults. She writes about the deepest issues of the human heart. MaryAnn resides in New Jersey with her husband, a retired physician. They are blessed with two adult daughters and five rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to paint, to play the piano, and to make up silly songs for her grandchildren.
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The Dandelion Patch based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The Dandelion Patch by MaryAnn Dioro is a remarkable book for children. This wonderfully executed treasure brings the reader into the world of Ms. Yolanda Riggins; a colorfully delightful woman who seeks only to please neighborhood children with baked dandelion delicacies grown in her dandelion patch. It is beautifully entertaining and will steal one's heart away, for this mild-mannered lady is content to please those in her surroundings. However, a threat looms heavily over her idyllic life and routine of caring for her dandelion patch and baking goodies for the children---the threat is Eminent Domain, and she has become a new victim in the path of burgeoning industrialism. This book teaches an important lesson: sometimes we must take a stand against social injustice but only via proper channels with quiet dignity in order to make our voices heard. Ms. Riggins contacts her governmental leaders: the Mayor, the Governor and finally the President via e-mail. She explains her concerns and begs them not to build a new highway through her dandelion patch. She bakes daily goodies for the workmen and tries to prevent them from digging up her land through gentle persuasion. Her actions spark the attention of the local police, newscasters and many towns people who hasten to support her cause. The President's grandmother had a similar dandelion patch, so he rules in favor of Ms. Riggins. This lovely children's book teaches us all the value of social conscience. We must always stand up for what we believe, but we must do so in a conciliatory manner in order to be heard. Justice is a value to be honored and treasured. This is a wonderful book that packs a punch..
Our United States government has been given the right, through the Fifth Amendment of our Constitution, to take a person's property but it is required that our government provide just compensation to the owner of the private property being taken. Often the private citizen doesn't want this but they give in to the demands. 'The Dandelion Patch' tells children that sometimes we must take a stand for what we believe in. Yolanda Riggins has been told that a new highway is being built through her beloved dandelion patch and she decides that this cannot happen! Yolanda has always used these dandelions to supply all of the children in her village with pies, cookies, candy, muffins, soup, salad and bread and the main ingredient is the dandelion plant. Yolanda also derives great pleasure from seeing the dandelions emerge and grow and she knows that the God who made the sun, moon and stars is the One responsible for the dandelion plant. No, Yolanda will not lose her dandelion patch to a highway and she sets out to stop this from happening! Author MaryAnn Diorio has written a children's book to explain eminent domain to young people and to show that sometimes it can be changed. Her book relates a lovely story that emphasizes to children that persistence does pay and they should never give in to something that they feel is wrong. Its twenty-two pages make it a length that many ages will enjoy reading and I believe they will love how the author repeats Yolanda's daily routine over and over. Non-readers should be drawn to the colorful illustrations and I plan to share this book with my three year old granddaughter. I was able to preview this book with a PDF copy and my thoughts are my own.