Author: Diesen, Deborah
A mother and child plant flower bulbs in the fall, wait through the winter, and see them bloom in the spring.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/17)
School Library Journal (03/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—This sweet story opens with an illustration of a brown-skinned girl with pigtails and her white-skinned mother kneeling in the grass beside a patch of brown earth. The words, "Do you remember when we planted those flower bulbs together?" float on a white background. Imagery-rich text describes the autumn day that the two spent planting bulbs together. The first-person narration pairs nicely with the airy illustrations and shows the two throughout the year—first day of school, holidays, happy times, and tears. Meanwhile, the bulbs are beginning to grow under the soil. In the spring, when the pair return to see what has bloomed in their garden, readers discover that the flowers were not the only thing that grew. The child has also changed over the course of a year. The delicate watercolors enhance this simple narrative and clearly illustrate the love between the girl and her mother. VERDICT This tender offering is a fine addition to the array of mother/daughter books already available. Moms especially will find this tale about the passage of time most heartwarming.—Kimberly Tolson, Concord Free Public Library, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.