Thursday, April 21, 2011

Children's Book Review: Blooming Buddies In the Garden: A Book of Blooming Verse by Debbie Donner and Wendy Peterson

Published by Pixie Land, Inc. 2010
8" x 10" hard bound w/dust cover
32 Pages
List Price:  $16.99
ISBN 978-0-9825819-0-2
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This delightful and playful new picture book pairs vibrant watercolors with charming short verses that affirm the values of love, family, friendship, and community.

Like a hug for the heart, Blooming Buddies In the Garden sparks young children's imaginations, triggers conversation about integrity and character.

Perfect for reading aloud and early readers, Blooming Buddies provides a loving alternative from the unhealthy and age inappropriate images and messages that currently dominate products that our young girls are exposed to.

My Review:

With Spring in bloom, and the days getting warmer, it was only fitting to read, Blooming Buddies in the Garden with Savannah.  This book is bound to become a family favorite, as the watercolor illustrations of flower and the short verse that goes along with each page is simply breathtaking.  You feel like you are being transported to a secret garden to sit and take in the beauty of the flowers.  The splash of colors in each watercolor truly capture the beauty and essence of the flowers and make the readers feel calm and happy.  Through the short verse, children and adults alike learn about core values like family, love, community and friendship. 

I can only imagine the number of budding artists this book with produce.  After looking at the beautiful illustrations, I too, wanted to sketch some of the beautiful flowers that can be seen from my window.

Savannah just loved looking at the flowers and touching the pages.  And, when she gets older, this book will be a great introduction to short verse for her. 

This book will make a great gift for a child, or even a lovely coffee table read.  Head on over the Blooming Buddies website and check out the offerings in their online store.  In addition to buying the book online, you can also purchase decals, stickers, studio prints and more.

And, as a special gift for Inspired by Savannah readers, you can use the coupon code, "bloom10" at checkout to receive $4.00 off the book, Blooming Buddies In the Garden: A Book of Blooming Verse by Debbie Donner and Wendy Peterson.

About the Authors:

Deborah Donner’s flowers burst into bloom in 2006 when her daughter, Jenee, encouraged her to transform her pen sketches into fully developed watercolors. Deborah lives in a hand-built solar home on a magnificent 40-acre ridge top in Boulder Creek, California, with her husband, Marvin. When not running her land business, she can be found in her art studio, tending her garden, or taking long walks with her dogs.

Upon viewing her friend’s artwork, Wendy Peterson spontaneously began writing short companion verses and a partnership was born. Her passions are cooking and sharing cuisine creations with family and friends. She loves gardening on her 18 acres, Bloom Ridge, where she lives with her husband, David, her miracle daughter, Abbie, and family of pets which are lovingly referred to as “The Fur.”

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the author in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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