Book Review: Dandelions, by Katrina McKelvey & Kirrili Lonergan

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cv_dandelions_newKatrina McKelvey, the author has been a primary school teacher for 10 years. When she became a first-time mum she decided to combine being a mother with her love of teaching. A new children’s author was born.

Kirrili Lonergan the illustrator is a mother of four, living in Newcastle, Australia and is currently the Vice President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia

This is the story of a little girl and her Dad. Her father is moving the lawns and has mown over the dandelions, which are her favourite flowers. The little girl was waiting for the dandelions to turn into puff balls so that she could blow them away. She loves the fuzziness of their petals and how they’re yellow like the sun. She thinks they are magical.

Her Dad knows where there are more, so off they go to find some more. The take a deep breath and blow as hard as they can. Every tiny parachute spins up, up and away far into the distance.

This is a lovely book. Most children know the joy of blowing a dandelion seed head and seeing them disappear over the horizon and wondering where they might land.

I read this book to 18 -month old Quinn and Abby nearly 5 years old. They both loved the story and the idea of finding some dandelion heads was sown, so that they too could blow them into the wind.

This is a book that would make a lovely addition to a small person’s library.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Dandelions
by Katrina McKelvey & Kirrili Lonergan
Published by Exisle Press
ISBN 9781921966828

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