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Author: Sasha Quinton

Illustrator: Brigitte Barrager, Michel Tcherevkoff

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Florabelle is a little girl with a huge imagination. Despite her family's insistence that she focus and become more serious, her daydreams are too big and beautiful to let go. After a day at the beach, Florabelle discovers that you can use your imagination to conquer your fears. This is a story about the power of imagination and just how *real* it can be.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My five year old really liked this book; my three year old wasn't as interested. She loved the illustrations and the beautiful flower photographs. She asked to read this several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: I also liked this book. Florabelle is a relatable character for kids. The illustrations were gorgeous.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations help bring out a great message. Young readers will find this to be a cute story with a character they can relate to.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This would be a great library book and it is certainly unique, but I'm not sure that kids would return to it over the years.


Educational Themes: This is a story that helps kids see that imagination isn't just "daydreaming." Ask your audience about something they fear and how they might use their imagination to overcome it.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

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