Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


An Ode to Spring

Deborah Diesen; Mary Lundquist

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



From the New York Times Bestselling author of The Pout-Pout Fish series

Dig holes in the autumn soil.
Drop the bulbs in one by one.
Cover them with dirt.
Come spring, the bulbs will flower!

In this lushly illustrated story from Deborah Diesen that celebrates life and growing up, a mother and daughter plant a garden to see how something small blooms into something as beautiful and strong as their love.


Praise for Bloom

“Paralleling the planting of a garden in the fall and its blooming is the growth of a young girl and all the milestones that happen between fall and spring. Diesen never makes the comparison overt, which makes this book all the more delightful . . . The seemingly watercolor illustrations capture both the family members’ love for one another and the beauty of the natural world. A lovely way of looking back on the year with a child who may not realize he or she has ‘bloomed.’” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Diesen’s tender text captures whimsical moments during the seasons . . . Lundquist’s warm and
welcoming familial scenes, rendered in freewheeling brushstrokes of pastel tones, culminate in a lovely two-page spread depicting the progressive growth of the bulbs over the course of the year, followed by a burst of bright flowers when they finally bloom . . . This sunny paean to growth, both of the girl and the bed of flowers, is a heartwarming pick for a springtime read-aloud." —Booklist

“The delicate watercolors enhance this simple narrative and clearly illustrate the love between the girl and her mother . . . Moms especially will find this tale about the passage of time most heartwarming.” —School Library Journal

“In an uplifting story about growth, change, and a mother’s love, Diesen draws a gentle parallel between the growth of bulbs . . . and way the daughter has herself developed. Diesen’s understated, verselike text speaks to the beauty of everyday moments, while Lundquist’s airy images depict the year’s milestones with tenderness.” —Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Deborah Diesen; Mary Lundquist

Deborah Diesen is the author of the New York Times bestselling Pout-Pout Fish series, illustrated by Dan Hanna. She lives in Michigan with her family.

Mary Lundquist is the author and illustrator of Cat & Bunny. She graduated with a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and son.

Deborah Diesen

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From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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