Blue Daisy

 

Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House, March 13, 2020, with illustrations by Rob Shepperson

 

Blue Daisy is told in two voices, Sam’s in poetry and Katie’s in prose.

When a sad-looking dog comes into their neighborhood, the two children make a big mistake, and try to find a way to make things right. But how do you apologize to a dog?

Especially one that won’t come near you.

Reader's Guide for Blue Daisy

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Quotes from Reviews

“Are any of us above committing an act that is seemingly harmless but still less than kind? And how do we reconcile and remedy the moment that we act impulsively. . .thoughtlessly. . .before and/or against another person? Or creature?…BLUE DAISY offers the younger reader a look at how one finds and regains a trust that has been thought to have been lost (and aren’t dog characters perfectly-suited to offer these glimpses?).” Paul Hankins
“…a wonderful introduction to kindness and judging others that even the youngest reader will understand.” Donna Merritt
“An easy-to-read, heartwarming lesson in trust-building.” Kirkus
“…the emotions and ethical notes ring true, and kids will find much food for thought here. Shepperson’s friendly monochromatic line and watercolor art is sweet and homey…” BCCB
“…The two children grapple with their actions: who are the mean kids now? The book contains several scaffolds for readers just moving into longer works. Quatrains preview each of three sections, while a fourth serves as an epilogue and succinctly closes the novel. Sam’s three-line stanzas provide a nice structure for the text, and sixteen full-page black-and-white illustrations present a visual representation of the characters and highlight main points in the story.” The Horn Book

Rob Shepperson gives Blue Daisy a star!

Reader's Guide for Blue Daisy

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