BLOSSOM TALES: Flower Stories by Many Folk

by Patricia Hruby Powell

Recommended by: Jennifer LB Leese
Published by Moon Mountain Publishing
Release: 2002
Format: Hard Cover (HC) 32 pages
ISBN: 0-9677929-8-3

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BLOSSOM TALES is a beautiful collection of retold folk tales. There are fourteen stories explaining how specific flowers received their names, and how others came to be. Some of the stories have a mysterious feel to them, while other stories deal with faith, culture, fun, and tradition. Such stories include Crocus, Snapdragon, Rose, and Dandelion.

The beautiful illustrations that adorn each page enhance the message in each story. Children, any age, will enjoy this charming book.

My 5-year-old daughter, Jordan, enjoyed Tulip, the tale of fairies in Devon, England who used the brown tulips, belonging to an elderly lady, as cradles for their fairy babies. The fairies thanked the woman by giving each of the tulips in her yard vibrant color.

I enjoyed that one as well, but Aster and Goldenrod, a Cherokee folk tale, was my favorite. Aster and Goldenrod were two little Cherokee girls, one dressed in violet-blue and the other in deep yellow, who woke to an attack on their tribe. Wearing nothing more than the clothes on their back–they took off running and eventually found an Herb Woman. Knowing that the girls would be tracked down and killed, the woman covered them with leaves, while they lay sound asleep, and sprinkled them with magic potion. The next morning, the girls were gone, but in their place stood two flowers. One was violet-blue and the other was a deep yellow.

These are just two samples out of fourteen wonderfully written stories, all with the same whimsical touch. This book isn’t just about flowers–it’s a magical gift full of fantasy and knowledge. It would make a wonderful learning tool for teachers, as well as a splendid addition to any library.

Patricia Hruby Powell is a popular and influential storyteller and dancer. She has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Powell has also performed throughout the Americas and Europe.

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