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The Dandelion's Tale Hardcover – March 11, 2014
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PreS-Gr 2—Flying above a green meadow, Sparrow spots a lone dandelion crying in the tall grass. It seems that Dandelion hasn't long to live and wishes only to be remembered before she is gone. Once strong and yellow, she is now only white fuzz and seed pods. Together, Sparrow and Dandelion hatch a plan to write her story in the dirt so that all who pass by can read about her life. Sparrow gladly writes about her life and everything she loved while growing in the meadow. They make plans to continue her story the next day, but a terrible thunderstorm prevents Dandelion from being able to share her memories with Sparrow. A sad Sparrow vows to tell her story to all who will listen, but weeks, he later finds a surprise in the meadow that assures him that his friend will be remembered for a long time. This is an agreeable choice for adults to gently introduce children to the cycle of life. Warm, hazy watercolors and colored pencil render a beautiful meadow and convey the range of emotions. The dialogue between Sparrow and Dandelion is a tad too formal to engage younger readers and will most likely not inspire multiple readings. The book is lovely in message but might just be more purposeful than popular.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
Dandelion’s glory days are coming to an end. Her bright yellow flower has evolved into just 10 seedpods, and she is concerned no one will remember she ever existed once the seedlings blow away. When Sparrow learns about her fears, the bird suggests writing down Dandelion’s memories. The two happily collaborate: Dandelion reminisces about squirrels and meadows, and Sparrow pecks the memory in the dirt. The morning after a storm, Sparrow discovers Dandelion didn’t survive and neither did her story. But all is not lost. He can tell her story and finds the perfect audience: new little dandelions that started as 10 seedlings. The charming illustrations are in blues, browns, and greens when the bird and plant are conversing, and tinged in golden light when memories are related. The ink, watercolor, colored pencil, crayon, and digital media pictures have an old-fashioned feel and showcase the moving story of keeping memory alive. Although sophisticated in concept, this feels right for the age group and would be beneficial in helping children cope with losing a loved one. Preschool-Grade 1. --Maryann Owen
Top customer reviews
'The Dandelion's Tale' is an absolutely beautiful book about loss and and ultimately rebirth, written with a poignant hand by Kevin Sheehan. It's an absolute delight; gently describing the plight of a dandelion's wish to be forever remembered. The illustrations within are gorgeous and soft - very pleasing to the eye. It made for a perfect bedtime story, one I will most certainly read quite often to my daughter.
Most importantly, my daughter loved it and beyond any sort of review, it was money well spent to watch my daughter's reaction as I read Mr. Sheehan's book.
Do yourself a favor, parents...buy 'The Dandelion's Tale.' It's a win-win for both children and grown-ups alike!