Cactus and Flower: A Book About Life Cycles

Cactus and Flower: A Book About Life Cycles
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April 07, 2020
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This bright, gentle, thoughtful picture book explores friendship and natural life cycles for readers young and old

Cactus and Flower spend their days in the desert, side by side.
They watch the sun come up; they watch the sun go down. They play with their animal friends. And they grow, slowly but surely. Then one day, Flower loses a petal.
Cactus and Flower know what this means. But they know, too, that this is the way life goes: Slowly but surely, petals will fall, and new buds will bloom.

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picture book about grief and loss
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CACTUS AND FLOWER is a picture book about friendship, loss, and grief. Cactus loves flower as they spend all their time together. One day, flower leaves, and cactus is sad and cannot be comforted- even by all the butterflies. The next spring, a bud appears and a new flower blooms. Cactus is happy once again with his new friend.

What I loved: The text in this book is relatively simple, and the pictures are full of color and are quite beautiful. This book also handles death and grief when flower dies, pointing out the life cycle. Flower's life is short, and it is replaced by a new flower the next blooming season.

What left me wanting more: I wanted a little bit more in terms of handling the grief, assuming that this was one of the main themes of the book. Either that or I would have liked to see how flower left a seed which could become a new cactus- something to take one of the themes a bit further.

Final verdict: Colorful and with life cycle messages, CACTUS AND FLOWER is a book of loss and change. Could be helpful for children who are dealing with loss.
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