Dandelions by Katrina McKelvey
Published by EK Books
As children grow and become adults they often overlook beauty found in the simple things. Fortunately, children are innocent and possess this magic. Dandelions is an uplifting story of young girl who finds beauty and magic in the world around her, especially dandelions. Her father can only see weeds.
‘I love dandelions! The fuzziness of their petals. How they’re yellow like the sun. They’re magical!’ she sings.
Dad has mowed all the little golden tipped wands leaving his daughter sad. She knows they will return, but it will take time. She waits patiently.
But Dad has a little magic of his own and reveals two long stemmed white puffs swaying behind the house. Together they pluck the tiny moons from leafy foundations take a deep breath and blow watching the tiny parachutes float up into the sky.
The little girl and her father play and chase the twirling stars until they catch on the winds breath taking them higher and higher. They imagine the parachutes swirling, spinning, twisting, whirling and turning through poppies, over sunflowers, around weeping willows and up past hot air balloons until they are collected by the sun.
‘Where do they really go?’ the girls asks. Her father lovingly takes his daughter in his arms and explains that each parachute settles into the soil to give birth to new generations of dandelions.
The bond between father and daughter is the basis for this story. A daughter’s gift is reminding her father that magic is all around; you just have to follow the little floating parachutes to find it.
Kirrilii Lonergan’s whimsical illustrations of soft water colours are ideally suited to this charming story about a father and daughter and of course, dandelions.
A wonderful story about forgiveness and understanding and that things must change in order to grow.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Katrina McKelvey
Illustrator: Kirrili Lonergan
Publisher: EK Books
Published: October 2015