Author/Illustrator: Jacqueline Ayer
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1962
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.
Why 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!
Resources/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
For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.