Bloom highlights the power of words
“Why don’t you tell it how wonderful it is, thank it for being there, and how much you love it? That’s what I always did.”
Each day when a young girl walks past a pretty flower she is so appreciative of it’s beauty. She speaks to it and says kind things to it, “…you’re beautiful.” The flower responds to her kind words positively and it blooms. But the owner of the flower is nothing like the young girl, in fact he puts a stop to the girl being able to talk to the flower at all.
As the story moves on readers witness how alone the man is. His negativity and unkind way of speaking to others leaves him with no one wanting to be around him. His once beautiful flower also seems to soak up the harsh way in which he presents himself and doesn’t bloom in the way it used to.
It’s the young girls advice that changes things once again. The story highlights the power of words, that positivity is important and that the words we choose for others to hear can have a big impact, perhaps more then we sometimes realise.
Robyn Wilson Owen’s illustrations are a treat and brilliantly shows the pretty flower changing over time. The final pages of the book are also lovely to admire, of a community coming together thanks to the wise words of a young soul.
Anne Booth has written a book that is a thought provoking read and this would be a welcome addition to many a bookshelf.
- Read an interview with author Anne Booth
- Read an interview with illustrator Robyn Wilson-Owen
- Read: Bloom is Eagle Primary School’s BOOK OF THE MONTH!
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