June Bloomed Anyway
This story is such a gentle hug for anyone, especially a young child, dealing with loss of any kind— whether a friend or family member has passed away and they’re facing death for the first time, whether they’ve had to move away from their normal home and aren’t going to see all the people they’re used to seeing, or whether their parents are going through a divorce and the changes feel scary. JUNE BLOOMED ANYWAY teaches us that it’s okay and our tears will provide water for our growth.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of a California poppy garden, the illustrations are just as comforting as Strohmaier’s words. The colors are bright, warm, and hopeful, inviting readers to come in and take a seat in the sun alongside June. There are even a few pages with leaves blowing in the wind, which gives the subtle feeling of changing seasons, also a totally normal part of life— in essence providing the subtext that the ebb and flow of the world is inevitable, and what we can control is how we react to it.
JUNE BLOOMED ANYWAY is really a profound metaphor that can offer comfort to people of all ages. Because of that, it’s a story that should be on everyone’s bookshelves, and I look forward to more collaboration from these artists.