The Souls of Flowers

The Souls of Flowers
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April 30, 2024
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Discover the beauty and significance of 21 common meadow and garden plants through breathtaking full-page illustrations, detailed information, and poetic reflections on botany. Drawing inspiration from nature's most exquisite flowers, acclaimed Czech botanical painter Pavlina Kourkova explores the countryside with infectious enthusiasm. Her watercolor renditions captivate not only the eye but also the heart, providing insights into the origin, occurrence, and symbolism of these plants.

The Souls of Flowers offers budding young naturalists and art enthusiasts alike a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating world of common plants found in meadows and gardens throughout North America and Europe. With its stunning illustrations and rich botanical insights, it serves as a gateway for older kids ages 12–15 to develop an appreciation for the beauty of nature. Young readers will not only be captivated by the book's visual splendor but also enriched by its wealth of knowledge regarding plant origins and the so-called language of flowers. It's a perfect blend of art, science, and wonder that promises to inspire curiosity and a deeper connection to the natural world.

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The Souls of Flowers is a book I am so glad I discovered. In this collection of 21 beautiful botanical paintings, talented artist Pavlina Kourkova shares her knowledge and love of flowers with us through her artwork. I loved that this compendium also dives into the history of flowers, detailing their medicinal uses, and my personal favorite, explaining each flower's unique meaning in the language of flowers. On each page, Pavlina also includes a paragraph or two reflecting on each of her paintings, sharing her process, thoughts, and challenges. Not only do these musings give us insight into her creative process, but they help to give us a greater appreciation of both the subject and the artist.  

I have always loved botany, especially floriculture, and I was excited to learn more about the topic. I found my knowledge of flowers much expanded after reading this book, and now I can’t help but stop to appreciate each flower I see for its uniqueness and its distinctive beauty. 
I hope that Pavlina will consider writing another book like this in the future. I would love to see this expanded into a collection eventually, perhaps with more delightful flower paintings or even herbs. 
I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about the often-overlooked blooms around us, particularly children, teens, and families. It would also be a perfect encyclopedia for artists to gain inspiration and study new techniques. I enjoyed this book so much, and I hope to see more from Pavlina Kourkova.
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