A sweet and gentle portrayal of inadequate feelings, of not fitting in and the ultimate realisation that being different is actually rather wonderful.
School is not great for one little child. They are shy, anxious and beset with worries. What if they are not as good as the other children? Hiding away in the shadows and going unnoticed is easier than trying to make friends. In fact, life would be much easier if they could just stay at home, curl up on the bed and draw pictures with the cat, Piccolo. But what if all this worrying is for nothing and there isn’t the need to be the fastest, the bravest or the funniest. Imagine if you could just be happy with who you are…
Comparing ourselves to others, feelings of inadequacy and of not quite fitting in are only natural for young children and the Blue Flower is a great big, heart-warming hug of a story that makes you feel all happy inside. It is a lovely little journey of self-discovery and of growing self-esteem as one child learns to embrace who they are and to love themselves for the wonderful things that they can do. Despite all of the worries and anxieties, the child learns that being different can be wonderful thanks to a loving mother. It takes a while for the child to realise that their mother is right but after spending time in the field where some trees are tall and some are short, where some flowers are blue and some are yellow and staring up at a sky where not all clouds are white the child has their moment of realisation. “No one wants everything to be the same. Things being different is what makes the world wonderful.”
What a wonderful message this picture book delivers to children. It really could be enjoyed by and shared with children of any age and holds lots of value as children begin to notice how they are different to others and start to maybe feel as if they are the odd one out. The book will easily generate thoughtful discussions about how everyone is different and how each person is wonderful in their own special way.
Sonya Hartnett’s soft and lyrical prose are accompanied by gorgeous watercolour illustrations by Gabriel Evans. Together, Hartnett and Evans have produced a charming picture book that will bring comfort and reassurance to many children.
A beautiful read for developing kindness and empathy towards each other and for learning to love and appreciate ourselves and the unique differences that make each and every person wonderful.
Recommended for 4+.