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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)
Bernie and Flora
by Annemie Berebrouckx
Age Range: Under_5
Bernie the Bear and Flora the Duck are the best of friends. They enjoy doing everything together and love to work in Bernie’s garden where he grows the most beautiful flowers. One morning Flora decides to give Bernie a surprise breakfast. After shopping for provisions Flora drives over to Bernie’s house but is shocked to discover that all his lovely flowers have disappeared and there’s no sign of Bernie either.
Flora turns detective and goes around all their friends in the neighbourhood to find out who has picked Bernie’s flowers unaware that there is an even bigger surprise waiting for her when she returns home.
Bernie and Flora is an endearing tale about friendship and love by Belgium author and illustrator Annerlie Berebrouckx. The expressive watercolour illustrations slip between vibrant colour and a monochrome tone which vividly demonstrates the beauty of Bernie’s garden against the bleakness of the lost flowers. At the back of the book there is a list of popular flowers and their meanings as well as a colouring sheet.