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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but beautiful, 11 Dec 2008
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I got this book for my three-year old, despite asking myself whether the beautiful illustrations and the death and regrowth of the flower were a little dark for someone of his age. He didn't seem offput by this and asked for it roughly once a week until the time came for him to leave his much-loved child-minder and go to school. The two things I remember from then are him saying goodbye at the school, then looking away with the distinct manner of someone trying to be brave, and him asking for The Flower every night that week.

When you think about the frequency and intensity of a toddler's tears, it's obvious that they're dealing with rather primal fears. I think a book which addresses those fears in a wholly positive way, like The Flower, helps them to make sense of this world, and will be put to good use even by toddlers as young as three.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and beautiful, 8 Aug 2008
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Chipstick (Buckinghamshire) - See all my reviews
This is a strange, beautiful, captivating story that lingers long after reading it.

When Brigg goes to the library and finds a book labelled "Do not read" on it, he does what any self respecting child would do, he takes the book home to read. In it he finds pictures of something he has never seen before in the city...flowers. He is captivated by the illustrations and the beauty of them. On passing an antique shop he sees a picture of a flower in the window and buys, what turns out to be, a packet of seeds, which he plants and nurtures until one at last flourishes.

John Light weaves a story of enormous pathos, yet ultimately of hope which is brought to life through Lisa Evans' haunting illustrations.

It is a story which lends itself to use within the school curriculum in a broad range of subject areas, from PSED and Citizenship to philosphy and thinking skills.

As an adult reader, the book has left a lasting impression on me. It is a stunning book, thought provoking and profound which encourages children to think, to ask questions and to hope...

Amazing stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!, 24 Jan 2009
The flower is the story of Brigg, a sad-looking kid in a sad-looking city. He lives in a grey building, and goes to work every morning under a grey rain, in a grey library. But libraries are the place where the dangerous books are kept and one day Brigg finds one. It has pictures of beautifully coloured things called flowers. Brigg is filled with joy looking at the pictures but he's sad because there is no flower in the city. He looks everywhere until he arrives in the old part of town where in the window of a junk shop he sees the picture of a flower! They are seeds and when he takes them home he gathers a bunch of dust and waters them. One morning, the seeds blossom and Brigg's room is filled with wonderful colours....until the room cleaning system sucks them away. But Brigg knows where the flower might be. Outside the city, where the big hips of dust are...

This is a strange and fascinating book. It's set in the future, where flowers have disappeared, probably sucked away by the cleaning systems. The sad feeling of greyness is perfectly conveyed by Evan's illustrations. So much that when the picture of the flower appears, so pink and bright, it lights up the whole page.
I love almost every illustrations of this book. I like when things that are not in the texts are added independently. Like Brigg's big funny looking cat. Or the lovely patterned kettle with which Brigg waters the seeds. The junk shop is a great example of this. It spreads over two pages and kids could play at spotting all the things and animals hidden in the windows. And then there's the explosion of flowers and plants and happiness when the plant grows in Brigg's room. If you look closely you can spot two stripy socks, the kettle, an umbrella, the book, an alarm clock and the omni present cat.
It really is visually stunning. Even when the flowers are not in the pictures, there's always something unusual to notice, like the way the words He buries the seeds in it and added some water look like their pouring out of the kettle into the mug.
But what I love most maybe is the message. Flowers can give happiness only by looking at them. They are extraordinary and yet so natural. I couldn't imagine living in a world without them, and any book that reminds us of how precious they are must be treasured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 5 Sep 2013
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A book that tells the story through the pictures. It is fascinating and really got my children talking they were Y1 (mainly 6 years old) but probably it would suit slightly older children better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BOOKS FOR OUR SCHOOL, 2 April 2013
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The book was received on time and as it was a special request is now an important part of our school day for some of our classes
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different picture book, 18 Sep 2012
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I bought this for my son as they were carrying out a topic based on the book. My little boy (6yo) found it very interesting. I also found it a good book with fantastic illustrations.
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