Blossom and Bud
Blossom, a sunflower with extraordinary height, and Bud, a stumpy one whose petals refuse to open, reside in Mr. Baxter’s flower shop with lilies and roses whose beauty and fragrances are magnificent. Blossom and Bud both feel inadequate, and chiding from their peers only confirms their insecurities. When Mr. Baxter begins preparing for a special event, the two sunflowers fear they’ll be left out and of no use at all. Much to their surprise, the shop owner chooses them – Blossom for the centerpiece of the wedding bouquet and Bud for the groom’s corsage – as an integral part of the sacred ceremony.
This is an indelible story about self-assurance and acceptance. An additional underlying message is that everyone has value and a unique role to play. It takes all kinds to make the world go ’round. The flowers in the text symbolize people or children in real life.
The illustrations will captivate youth ages four to eight with their humor and vibrance. They’ll find this tale relatable. They’ll feel for Blossom and Bud when they express sadness about not measuring up to those they view as superior – somehow better, more beautiful. They’ll celebrate, also, when the two are included, even needed, as all youngsters wish to be.
|Author||Frank J. Sileo PhD|
|Page Count||32 pages|
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