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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Marcus Pfister
Age Range: Under_5
Ava is delighted when she discovers a brilliant red poppy in the field in front of her house. She visits her flower every day, protecting it from the elements by shielding it from the rain and watering it in the hot weather.
When her beautiful red poppy starts to lose its petals she becomes very sad. After the flower has finally wilted Ava says goodbye to her friend and buries the seed capsule in the ground surrounding it with a circle of stones so that she will remember where it grew. Returning in the spring Ava discovers a wonderful surprise.
Marcus Pfister is the author of the best-selling ‘Rainbow Fish’ series as well as many other books for children. Pfister’s latest book is a sweet, simple tale with charming expressive watercolour illustrations that show the cycle of life of a flower introducing children to the wonders of nature and how plants rejuvenate themselves.