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The Little Weed Flower / La florecita de la maleza
     

The Little Weed Flower / La florecita de la maleza

by Vicky Whipple, Pamela Barcita (Illustrator)
 

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Have you ever felt like you are unsure where you belong? Little Weed Flower is growing in a weed patch, but secretly longs to be in the beautiful garden tended by the loving gardener. With the help of a new friend, her wish comes true and she is able to share positive lessons with other garden flowers. We also learn that no matter where we come from, everything has

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Have you ever felt like you are unsure where you belong? Little Weed Flower is growing in a weed patch, but secretly longs to be in the beautiful garden tended by the loving gardener. With the help of a new friend, her wish comes true and she is able to share positive lessons with other garden flowers. We also learn that no matter where we come from, everything has its own beauty and a special purpose in the garden of life. A timeless story of hope for those who dare to dream.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—With a hawk's help, a blooming weed, harassed by others of its kind, is noticed and loved by the gardener. Moved to the garden, she is likewise scorned by the flowers. When her blossoms begin to wilt, she encourages them to deepen their roots until the gardener returns. After receiving water, they realize that they cannot be truly beautiful without the gardener's love. Using pastel pencils, the artist works her magic to create a garden filled with vibrant colors, earth tones, and multiple greens. Plants peer out with humanlike faces. Text appears on either side of the large, double-page illustrations. One side contains English, the opposite accurately translated Spanish. Small, secondary illustrations, such as a snail looking into the gardener's hole or a frog jumping on the weed, often appear under the blocks of text. Reminiscent of Margery Williams's The Velveteen Rabbit, in which love makes something real, this allegorical story will appeal to a wide audience.—Cristi Jenkins, Fort Vancouver Regional Library, WA
Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
Who doesn't want to be part of the flower garden? The little weed flower definitely does. The weeds tell her she's too weedy to be part of the garden yet still she dares to hope that one day the gentle gardener will take her to the flower garden and care for her. With the help of a little bird the gardener notices the little weed flower and believes she's out of place among the crabgrass, thistle and dandelions and takes her to the flower garden. The flowers aren't very accepting of the weed flower; they told her she wasn't flower garden worthy but the weed flower held onto the words the gardener said to her when he transplanted her to the flower garden: "you are charming." When the gardener is unable to water his garden for a few days the flowers wilt under the hot sun but the weed flower uses her weed instincts and pushes her roots deep into the soil until she finds water. Eventually she is the only flower that is blooming in the garden. This is a cute story about wanting to be in a better environment and believing you are worthy when others don't. The flowers are exquisitely drawn and the translations perfect making this a sweet little read. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936299331
Publisher:
Raven Tree Press,Csi
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Edition description:
Bilingual English-Spanish
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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