Blue Flower


Publication Date: 2 Mar. 2021
Format: Hardback

ISBN 9781760894450

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    A gentle exploration of a child’s realisation that it is her individual differences and creativity that make her special, with stunning illustrations by the talented Gabriel Evans that delicately and sensitively convey the child’s emotional journey.

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    Book Type:
    Age Group: 3 years +
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    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: /5
    Literary Rating: /5

    Review

    A young girl hates going to school: she feels slow, because the other kids can run faster than her; stupid, because she needs help to do her work; cowardly, because the other kids aren’t afraid to answer questions. She can’t see that she has talents of her own—everyone gathers around to see her draw.

    When she talks to her mum about how she’s feeling, her mum tells her that she’s different, and that’s not a bad thing. The girl realises that differences make the world special: clouds and flowers aren’t all the same colour, and not all cats are tabbies like hers. She understands that being different is positive—and that helps her to gain confidence and happiness.

    This beautifully illustrated picture book has a wonderful universal message. Between shyness and social anxiety is a spectrum of insecurities and worries—but developing self-esteem and finding joy in the things you love are important lessons for everyone.

    It’s interesting to see the girl’s specific approach—because she’s an artist and visual thinker, she’s able to break down the barrier of her insecurity by thinking about the ways that visual differences can be good. It’s a great example of different perspectives, and the way that following your passion can bring joy and confidence.