‘Hiding Heidi’ by Fiona Woodcock was one of my most favourite picture books of 2016, I was totally captivated by the stunning illustrations and beautiful story, so I was delighted to receive a copy of her new book ‘Poppy and the Blooms.’ Poppy and her friends Dandy, Bluebell and Buttercup are a lively bunch of skateboarding wildflowers who like nothing better than filling the world with colour and sunshine. When they find out the last park in the city is about to be closed they know they must do everything within their power to stop this happening. How can such tiny creatures possibly hope to save this last piece of greenery all by themselves?
Exquisitely produced and filled with the most sumptuous and delicate spreads, ‘Poppy and the Blooms’ is a joy to behold. Fiona cleverly contrasts the gloom of the city with its muted grey palette by scattering splashes of bold and vibrant colours across the pages in the form of Poppy and her friends. Their unrelenting quest to stop the park closing throws them in the path of challenging obstacles but we soon learn that perseverance and determination goes a long way to helping them achieve their goal. Wonderfully endearing and utterly charming this story is brimming with positivity about how even the smallest of actions can make a significant difference. Perfect for sharing with younger readers, ‘Poppy and the Blooms’ would make a delightful addition to any home or library,
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy of this glorious book.