A multigenerational story about a young girl who learns from her grandmother about the enduring nature of love, the strength in rejecting labels, and the wisdom in standing with those who are different.
Featured in Children's Book Council's Summer 2022 Showcase: Love Makes the World Go Round
"In this grandmother-granddaughter story from Portland author Dawn Babb Prochovnic, little Lucy takes up gardening with relish, eager to win a flower contest. When the judges see her precious plants differently than she does, she wilts--but only for a moment. Alice Brereton provides delightfully vivid and expressive illustrations."
"[Dawn] Prochovnic's prose gently anthropomorphizes Lucy's flowers [and] Brereton adds vibrant, textural digital spreads with an inclusive array of expressive cartoon-style characters. This gently encouraging tale will inspire young readers to garden--and maintain optimism while learning new activities."
"A nurturing, affirmative, happy tale. . . Pervasive theme of love."
"This lovely and lyrical story is the perfect read aloud for themes of family, love, persistence, empathy and resilience."
The town's annual flower contest is coming soon, and a young girl puts her heart into growing a lively bunch of flowers she finds in a meadow. As her grandmother guides her in nurturing a garden, the girl learns that winning isn't the true reward--it's the special love found in caring for something or someone. Lucy's Bloomscelebrates the joy and happiness that the world has to offer, through the beauty of nature, the kindness and love of family, and the unique specialness in the most unexpected places.