Bloom by Elsa Schiaparelli (123)

I have read books by this author before. All her books are vibrant and inspiring, and this one is no exception.

This picture book also has a few important lessons contained in it. I will discuss them below in turn.

The cover of the book made me stop in my tracks as did the title. A girl’s face is adored in vibrant pink daisies. They surround the little girl’s freckled and moulded face.  It is cute but it also makes you think.

The story starts with a baby girl in a carriage. The parents look down on her with gloomy, miserable faces. They apparently expected a boy. But a girl came instead.

The firs grew up having very low self-esteem. She didn’t want people taking photographs of her. She felt ugly and id her face a lot. What is beauty, she asked herself? When can she feel beautiful? She tried surrounding herself with pretty, bold pink and purple flowers. They made her feel good but not for long.

Then she decided to adorn herself with flowers just to feel better about herself. She felt prettier. However, when she puts seeds in her ears, and gets ill, two doctors have to be called. It is at this point when her imagination starts to become even stronger. Her imagination develops and she starts believing in herself more.

Further, her Uncle Geovanni loved her unconditionally. He spends hours with her. He loves looking at her planets and solar system with her. He inspires her imagination even more and becomes more supportive. He helps the girl realize that despite her small flaws, she is very wonderful indeed.

So, she grows and jeeps dreaming big. Ultimately she starts creating her own line of bright, vibrant and unique cloths!

So, here are the lessons in this book.

  • We must develop our confidence from the inside-out.
  • We need people who believe in us and love us unconditionally.
  • We are all unique and wonderful just as we are, regardless of our physical flaws.
  • We should believe in ourselves and doors will open for all of us.

I love this book. It is one of the most poignant picture books that I read in 2018.




About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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