Flower Power: The Magic of Nature's Healers
Olaf Hajek's fantastical and mesmerizing art is familiar to many adults. Now young readers can enjoy his work while learning about the fascinating health benefits of flowers they encounter every day. Hajek's paintings spring to life, populated by insects, birds, fruit, and fairytales that illustrate the drama of the natural world. Accompanying each painting are engaging texts that explore various cultural and medicinal aspects of the flowers as well as their importance to artists, writers, and healers. As they learn how iris roots were used to alleviate teething pain in babies and how poppy plants led to the invention of the salt shaker, kids will also get to know a garden's worth of blooms--from wild roses to carnations and peonies to marigolds. Kids will look at flowers in a whole new light and will delight in this beautiful keepsake of botanical illustrations by a celebrated artist.
Christine Paxmann does a brilliant job putting Olaf’s painted stories into words. Educational and humorous, she teaches us all about the different flowers from Olaf’s art. My favorites were the Red Poppy, the Dandelion and the Marigold. Paxmann shows her young readers all about the flowers, what makes them beautiful, how they have been used throughout the ages and what healing properties they might have.
Perfect for the budding gardener and flower enthusiasts of all ages, I would recommend Flower Power to anyone who loves truly beautiful books that are sure to strike up endless teaching moments and lively conversations.