Blue Flower


Publication Date: 2 Mar. 2021
Format: Hardback

ISBN 9781760894450

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    A beautifully told picture book about self-esteem, resilience and the discovery that being different can be something wonderful. From award-winning author Sonya Hartnett, with stunning illustrations by Gabriel Evans.

    Shortlisted for the CBCA 2022 picture book award, this is a gentle exploration of a child's realisation that it is her individual differences and creativity that make her special, with stunning illustrations by the talented Gabriel Evans that delicately and sensitively convey the child's emotional journey.

    A young child describes her qualms about going to school and how hard she finds asking the teacher for help, how she feels shy about making friends, not being funny or a fast runner. But through her love of art, a conversation with her mother and her observations about nature she comes to see that being different might not be a bad thing after all.


    I lay down and put my nose in the grass. The grass was dotted with yellow flowers, but blue ones grew there too. I rolled over and looked at the trees and the clouds, and thought about things for a while.


    'Not all clouds are white,' I said, and Piccolo looked at me.


    'Not all trees are tall. Not all birds are brown. Not all cats are tabby like you, Piccolo. Some are black. Some are orange. Some are calico.'


    Piccolo swished his stripy tail. I plucked a flower and showed it to him. 'This flower isn't yellow, but it isn't wrong. It is what it's supposed to be. No one would want it to be yellow. Everyone would say it's lovely just the way it is.'


    A beautifully told story about being happy in yourself for who you are from one of Australia's finest writers.

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    Book Type: Picture Books
    Age Group: 3 years +
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    Good Reads Rating: /5
    Literary Rating: /5

    Review

    A young girl hates going to school: she feels slow, because the other kids can run faster than her; stupid, because she needs help to do her work; cowardly, because the other kids aren’t afraid to answer questions. She can’t see that she has talents of her own—everyone gathers around to see her draw.

    When she talks to her mum about how she’s feeling, her mum tells her that she’s different, and that’s not a bad thing. The girl realises that differences make the world special: clouds and flowers aren’t all the same colour, and not all cats are tabbies like hers. She understands that being different is positive—and that helps her to gain confidence and happiness.

    This beautifully illustrated picture book has a wonderful universal message. Between shyness and social anxiety is a spectrum of insecurities and worries—but developing self-esteem and finding joy in the things you love are important lessons for everyone.

    It’s interesting to see the girl’s specific approach—because she’s an artist and visual thinker, she’s able to break down the barrier of her insecurity by thinking about the ways that visual differences can be good. It’s a great example of different perspectives, and the way that following your passion can bring joy and confidence.

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