PPBF: The Paper-Flower Tree

PaperFlowerTree1Author/Illustrator: Jacqueline Ayer
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1962
Age: 4-7
Themes: Thailand, wishing, believing
Opening: (see image above)
Summary: (from my library catalog) One day, an old peddler came to the small village in Thailand where a little girl called Miss Moon lived. He brought a tree, fashioned of brightly colored paper flowers. When the old man gave Miss Moon one of the flowers, she planted its seed – a black bead – and tended it faithfully. Though beads will not grow, Miss Moon’s faith was nevertheless rewarded.

PaperFlowerTree7Why I like this book: What a gem! I can hardly believe I have never seen any of Ayer’s work before, but I am mesmerized! A gentle tale of hoping and believing, despite all odds. The illustrations feel fresh as a daisy!

PaperFlowerTree10Resources/Activities: look up where Thailand is on the map; read companion books on Thai culture; visit a Thai restaurant; explore more of Jacqueline Ayer’s books; consider donation to this kickstarter; if possible, visit the exhibit, starting this month, on her work at The House of Illustration in London – info HERE

PaperFlowerTreeEndpapers.jpgFor more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

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14 thoughts on “PPBF: The Paper-Flower Tree

  1. Looks like I’m going to have to head to the SF Main library. They have one copy that you can look at in house but not check out. All the other copies through LINK+ are at university libraries that are offline until the fall. Guess I’ll just have to torture myself by going to the library. 😀

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  2. I haven’t seen this book – and it sounds delightful… as though you had discovered a treasure hiding in the stacks all those years.

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  3. Pingback: Kid’s Review: The Paper-Flower Tree by Jacqueline Ayer – Old Firehouse Books

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