Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Dandelion Seed

The Dandelion Seed

Joseph Anthony
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Dawn Pubns, 1997   ISBN: 978-1883220679

Fall has come to the garden and the flowers are brown and shriveled. Many of them have shed their seeds and now there is just one little dandelion seed left. It holds on tight to the head of its flower, but in the end the winter wind is able to wrest it free and carry it off.

A great big world lies beyond the garden. It is "frightening," "lonely," and "beautiful" and seeing the big cities and the enormous mountains makes the tiny seed feel very small indeed. Where does it belong in this world?

Eventually the seed falls to the ground and it is covered by winter's snow, but in the spring it sends out a shoot and begins to grow. Its tender leaves feeds deer and rabbits and its flowers give "sweet nectar to bees and butterflies."

In this very special picture book the author tells the story of a dandelion seed in a very special way which truly captures the beauty and wonder of nature. He also uses his story to show his readers that though change can be frightening, it also opens ones eyes, ones mind, and ones heart to new possibilities. Venturing out into the unknown can be enormously rewarding and exciting, and it is not something to shy away from.

With lovely full page illustrations throughout and its perfectly chosen minimal text, this is a unique picture book which grownups will love to share with their children.