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Florette Hardcover – Picture Book, February 20, 2018
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A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of the Year
"Light-skinned with bobbed chestnut hair tucked behind her ears, Mae tries to cheer herself up, which will deeply impress young readers who couldn't imagine being transplanted (and perhaps seem even more admirable to those who have!)." —Kirkus, STARRED Review
"This quietly told and beautifully illustrated story will resonate with other children who have been uprooted, but hope to flourish in a new home."—Booklist
"A worthy addition to the canon of books depicting young gardeners transforming spaces and lives."—School Library Journal
"Walker’s carefully drafted watercolors capture the charm of Parisian streets."—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Clarion Books; 1st Edition (February 20, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544876830
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544876835
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD590L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.81 x 0.38 x 11.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #373,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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A story of learning to love where you live, of resourcefulness and initiative, and of celebrating and preserving nature, Florette is one to share with your children! While the text is simple enough to keep small children engaged, the writing is still beautiful. The word choice and sentence structures allow readers to build genuine connection with Mae's feelings.
Additionally, Walker's watercolor illustrations are gorgeous, filled with the emotions that Mae herself is feeling. The endpapers are green and abundant, reflective of the kind of nature for which Mae longs so deeply, but throughout the rest of the book, the illustrations are muted, grey and beige… Until Mae stumbles upon the windowfront to the store called Florette, a shop that allows Mae to see how she can take charge of her surroundings and learn to feel at home in her new home.
Though the text was within reach of my 3-year-old's comprehension and attention, she had a harder time with the muted illustrations in much of the book. In fact, she even declared at one point that she didn't like this book (something she never says....), and then we turned the page. As luck would have it, the next page was the spread where Mae stumbles upon Florette... And Walker had my youngest back in the palm of her hand for the rest of the book. My 5.5-year-old loved the whole thing.
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Down side: there are very few sentences and a few pages, so it's not a long story book.