A Little Book About Finding Love

Maria van Lieshout; Illustrated by the author

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Bloom isn’t interested in playing in messy mud puddles with other pigs. She’d rather galavant among pretty flowers. Bloom LOVES flowers and other pretty things. She also likes attention. And when a beautiful butterfly, a “flying flower” wafts by, she falls head over heels in love. But she soon learns that attraction is fleeting, and friendship brings a deeper, more satisfying love.
Maria Van Lieshout deftly, gently portrays the true meaning of love and friendship in story and pictures that are perfect for readers of all ages.
Bloom! is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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“Come on, BLOOM . . .

. . . it’s mushy and slushy and delicious in here!”

“No thanks,” said BLOOM. “I’m not in the mood for puddles.”

She felt like DANCING and SINGING . . .

. . . and stretching out under the flowers.

BLOOM closed her eyes and took in a deep, sweet breath.

“I love flowers,” she sighed.

A flutter brushed by.

“A flying flower! A FLYING, DANCING flower!” BLOOM gasped. “He is the most BEAUTIFUL thing I’ve ever seen!”

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Praise for Bloom!

Praise for BLOOM!:

“As light and sweet as cotton candy, this saga of a pig in love will win over kids and grownups alike. Van Lieshout’s loosely drawn pen and ink illustrations . . . wring Oscar-winning expressions from the slenderest curves and squiggles . . . a beguiling version of love at first sight . . . This paper-over-board book’s stylish design and small square format designate it as a natural for Valentine’s Day.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“The endearingly straightforward tale, rendered in simple, rosy sketches, ends with the two frolicking in a mud puddle. Love can be messy indeed.” —Time Out New York Kids

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About the Author

Maria van Lieshout; Illustrated by the author

Maria Van Lieshout makes her picture book debut with BLOOM! A native of the Netherlands, she now lives in San Francisco. Images from BLOOM! were selected for the 49th Annual Society of Illustrators Exhibition (January – April 2007) and in the published Annual (Spring 2008). Bloom likes this kind of attention very much!

Maria van Lieshout


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A Little Book About Finding Love
Maria van Lieshout; Illustrated by the author


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Paper Over Board

Paper Over Board
Feiwel & Friends
December 2007
Paper Over Board
ISBN: 9780312369132
ISBN10: 0312369131
Picture Book
7 x 7 inches, 48 pages, Full-color illustrations
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3 Information for Librarians

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F&P Level A-Z: K


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