Tuesday, May 11, 2021

"Blossom and Bud" - bookwrap



Blossom and Bud

Authored by Frank J. Sileo

Illustrated by Brittany E. Lakin


* Ages:  5-8

* Grade Level: K-3

* Reading Level:  4-8

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Magination Press; 1st Edition

Pub. Date:  April 13, 2021

* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This book is written by a New Jersey psychologist and the illustrations are stunning.  Blossom and Bud inhabit Mr. Baxter's flower shop.  The flowers that surround them are spectacular with vibrant colours and robust perfection making the flower shop a very beautiful place indeed.   

Blossom, a super tall and gangly sunflower, dislikes how she looks and tries to hide her height.  Bud has not fully opened up yet so he feels very inadequate and tries to force his flower to bloom.  The other flowers in the shop are mean and make fun of them making them feel like misfits and outcasts. Is there any hope that the two will finally accept themselves just as they are and feel that they too have a purpose  to fulfill?  

This is a wonderful story that can spark a discussion about positive body image.  I love that the author includes the "note to florists".   It encourages kids to love who they are no matter what size or shape.  The moral of the story is to teach kids ( and adults ) that they are perfect just the way they are and their uniqueness is to be celebrated.  I love the book and I highly, highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and the founder and executive director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Dr. Sileo works with children, adolescents, adults and families. He is consistently recognized as one of New Jersey’s top kids’ doctors. Dr. Sileo is the author of 11 other award-winning children’s books that have been translated into four languages. His recently published parenting book deals with parenting chronic medically ill children. He speaks across the country, is published in psychological journals, and is quoted frequently in the media. Visit drfranksileo.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @DrFrankSileo.

About the Illustrator

Brittany E. Lakin is a children’s illustrator based in the UK. With a strong love for folklore, myths and all things spooky, she spends much of her time creating worlds and characters that everyone can enjoy. 

Much of her work is based in pencil mediums, mark marking and using digital means to combine textures and colours with her drawings. 

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