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The Spotty Dotty Daffodil
     

The Spotty Dotty Daffodil

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by Rose Mannering, Bethany Straker
 

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The little daffodil’s only dream, ever since he was just a bulb, was to grow to be tall, bright, and yellow. But during the winter, the little bulb catches a cold. When springtime finally arrives, the bulb’s brothers and sisters have all grown into beautiful, yellow daffodils, while the little daffodil is left spotted and small. The daffodil is ashamed of

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The little daffodil’s only dream, ever since he was just a bulb, was to grow to be tall, bright, and yellow. But during the winter, the little bulb catches a cold. When springtime finally arrives, the bulb’s brothers and sisters have all grown into beautiful, yellow daffodils, while the little daffodil is left spotted and small. The daffodil is ashamed of his red spots, and thinks himself ugly in comparison to his brothers and sisters. So when a little girl comes outside to play for the first time since winter, the little daffodil tries to hide in shame. But the little girl is looking for a special flower to give her grandmother. Does she choose the spotty dotty daffodil? Does the daffodil finally accept his spots?

Featuring a heartfelt story of acceptance from author Rose Mannering, and beautiful watercolor illustrations by Bethany Straker, The Spotty Dotty Daffodil celebrates the differences in all of us—spots, stripes, or otherwise. Parents, caregivers, and teachers of children between the ages of 3 and 6 will love the beautiful illustrations and important message of being happy with who you are and accepting differences. This is a perfect gift for any young child for spring holidays or birthdays. The message is very positive, the tone uplifting, and the little spotty dotty daffodil has a gentle personality that children will be drawn to.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
06/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Among all the yellow daffodils, there is one that stands out because of his red spots. He hangs his head in shame, sneezes constantly, and cries when his brothers and sisters wonder why he looks different from them. When a girl comes to the garden, she chooses him to cheer up her grandmother. When the other flowers see him in a pot on the windowsill, they wish they could have spots like him. The illustrations are realistic in style, but the drawings of the people are static and out of proportion. The flowers have anthropomorphic qualities and features, and many of the colors bleed into one another to create beautiful backgrounds, but it's unclear why the flower's natural red dots are associated with sneezes. A book with limited appeal.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628739633
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Rose Mannering is an English writer and international author. Her favorite flowers are daffodils, closely followed by roses. She writes both adult and children’s fiction under various pen names and lives with naughty twin doggies called Boo and Delilah.

Bethany Straker is an illustrator and designer. Her first children’s book Smelly Ghost (written by Isabel Atherton) will be published in September 2013, followed by A Curious Robot on Mars! (James Duffett-Smith) in October 2013.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the daffodil wakes up with a cold, covered in red dots that don&rsquo;t go away even when he&rsquo;s feeling better, he feels like he doesn&rsquo;t fit in with his brothers and sisters with their bright yellow petals. They question why he looks different and the little daffodil wonders the same thing. He&rsquo;s very shy and wishes he looked like all the other daffodils. It isn&rsquo;t until a little girl chooses him as a gift for her granny that he realises how lovely and unique he is. This is a very, very sweet and beautiful book with a gentle message of self-confidence as we see the daffodil grow up and show off his spotty petals with pride! The use of a soft watercolour pallet for the art ties in well with the gentleness and delicacy of the writing. Truly gorgeous.