Poppy and the Blooms

Poppy and the Blooms

Poppy and the Blooms
Fiona Woodcock

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471147777

An inspirational story which shows that even something small can make a big difference. When the last park in the city is to be closed, Poppy knows that she and the Blooms have to do something. Scattering their magic as they go, the flower friends speed on their mission. Will they save the park? `Fiona Woodcock's beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the contrast between a grey cityscape and the joyful kaleidoscope that fresh flowers can add... This gentle little story is a delight from start to finish' Books for Keeps `A beautifully illustrated picture book which feels like a real visual treat... The artwork is stunning and very original and I think this makes it stand out as an interesting read for small children.' Being Mummy blog `Blooming wonderful!' Red Reading Hub PRAISE FOR HIDING HEIDI:`Playful imagery and Heidi's eventual recognition of her friends' talents add up to a warm story about compromise and common ground' Publishers Weekly `A very attractive addition to the picture book shelves from an artist to be watched' Books for Keeps

Librarian's Book choice

This is a beautiful book! A fantastic little story about how a group of wildflowers take it upon themselves to brighten up the city as the last park is about to be closed. It's a simple story to follow but opens up lots of conversations, especially with older children, about the environment and built up areas. Each page is bursting with wonderful illustrations that you can spend forever looking at. The images are all black and white, with the flower characters being the only colours on the page - until the end when the pages are rich with the colours of the flowers they've planted.

This is a lovely picture book to use in conversations about the environment and conservation. Older children could perhaps write an extended version of the text, looking at the personification of the flowers and their feelings. The personification of the flowers is a good way of introducing this subject to younger children too - and getting them to think about how flowers make us feel and the importance of nature. This would also be a great story to look at in art and to look at the use of colour.

Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Lizi Coombs, teacher.