I didn't know a lot about Florette before I picked it up recently. I'd seen the cover a few times somewhere, maybe in a catalogue, or on a blog, and just knew that it would be charming. All that green on the cover is so pretty, so lush, so inviting. Florette just asks to be opened. The endpapers are just as green, just as delightful, and have a few hidden animals to delight young readers and old women.
And naturally, I liked the name, Florette, which sounds somewhat French. I though that the child would be called Florette, but no, her name is Mae.
Mae and her family leave behind their country home with their apple trees and daffodils and move to the city.
Mae is sad that her new home has parks filled with tiny stones and empty chairs. She tries to recreate gardens and nature in the city.
Until she finds a beautiful enclosed garden called Florette. Florette is a beautiful book about the love of nature and the power of a one child's imagination to change the world.
As I read it I was increasingly sure that the city was Paris.
It had to be Paris. Even though there is no specific mention of it, the imagery is so Paris. Or do I just see Paris everywhere?
|You certainly can't walk on the grass in Paris|
|The chairs. The chairs. |
Does anywhere else have Paris park chairs?
The launch of Florette was an amazingly green event with library bags made with that amazing endpaper greenery gorgeousness. Jealous.
Best Book Trailer Ever?
Anna Walker is an author and illustrator based in Melbourne. She had great success last year with Mr Huff. Florette is released in Australia now but not released in the US until April 2018. I don't understand why publishers do that. Why wait a year to publish it in another market?
|Dreaming of France is a wonderful Monday meme|
from Paulita at An Accidental Blog