In honour of author and blogger Stacie Theis joining the Kid Lit Blog Hop as a hostess, I am so pleased to share our thoughts about her first book, “The Blue Daisy: A Lesson in Gratitude”. So, big welcome to Stacie and hello to everyone stopping by the Hop!
Author & Illustrator: Stacie Theis
Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Number of pages: 24
Recommended age: 2 to 7
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
This sweet picture carries a simple message about learning to appreciate what you have. When the sun shines down on the blue daisy, she feels hot so she stays in the shade. When the other daisies warn her that daisies need sunshine to grow and stay healthy, she ignores them preferring to grumble about the heat from her shady spot under her tree. But, to her dismay, her petals begin to wilt and fall off. She finally listens to the other daisies and leans toward the sun to soak up the rays. She learns to be grateful for her friends’ advice.
1. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I liked the pictures because they are bright and they look like real colours. I like the picture where all four daisies are all together in the sun. All the pictures have the tree, a cloud, the sun, the grass, and daisies. Sometimes there is no tree or no cloud. It’s like a game to see what’s missing in each picture.
2. What can you tell me about the blue daisy? The blue daisy likes to hide from the sun, but at the end she goes into the sunlight because her petals started falling off.
3. What is your favourite part of the book? My favourite part of the book is when the blue daisy goes into the sun and her petals come back and then she is happy.
4. What is the main lesson in the book? If you are a flower, you need to stay in the sun if you don’t want your petals to fall off. [MOM: Hmmm… further discussion was needed! lol]
5. What are some of your favourite flowers? Some of my favourite flowers are daisies, roses, marigolds, petunias, pansies, tulips, irises, crocuses, and alyssum because it smells really good.
6. Overall, what did you think about this book? I loved this book super-much because I love flowers.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think young kids, even two year olds, would like the book. But I think if you were older than 8 years old, you would think it’s not that interesting.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: Stacie Theis has written and illustrated a beautiful little picture book with an underlying message about gratitude and appreciation for what you have. What I love most about this book is its simplicity. The illustrations are all bright, colourful, and SIMPLE; there are only two lines of rhyming verses for each page; and the story and its underlying message are written so even the youngest of children can understand.
Aside from the lesson about gratitude, there are teaching points as well arising from this book. For example, parents or teachers can discuss with their children how some flowers and plants need direct sunlight to survive. I also believe that the story can be extended into a metaphor for how we, as humans, also need sunshine as well to survive. With children increasingly staying indoors in front of the T.V., computers, or tablets, the concept of parents telling their children “Go outside – you need fresh air (and Vitamin D)” becomes increasingly important. The story can provide a starting point to open up this kind of discussion as well.
My Bottom Line: The Blue Daisy: A Lesson in Gratitude is a simple, but sweet picture book that will captivate young children with its bright and bold imagery, its simple rhyming verses, and the important lesson underlying the story. I recommend this book to parents with children 2 to 5 years old, preschool and kindergarten teachers, and librarians for story time.
* This book was obtained free-of-charge from Amazon on a “FREE DAY”. All opinions expressed are our own. *
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