Saturday 28 March 2015

Mummy's Little Sunflowers By Angela McAllister and Alison Edgson

"I'm a sunflower!" cried Scurry, racing out of nursery. "And look, Scamp, I've got a seed, so we can grow a sunflower just for Mummy!"
"Funflower!" giggled his little brother, skipping off.
"Slow down, Scamp," sighed Mummy. "You're always in such a hurry!"
Summary From Little Tiger Press
This latest picture book from the fantastic author and illustrator team, Angela McAllister and Alison Edgson, is a touching, gently humorous story exploring the unique relationship between siblings. The perfect read for young children with brothers or sisters. Scurry loves sunflowers. He’s got one special seed that he’s going to grow just for his mummy. But his little brother, Scamp, loves sunflowers seeds, and when he eats his brother’s special seed, he’s in real trouble.
Review by Liss Norton
When Scurry's sunflower seed is eaten by his little brother, Scamp, the two young mice embark on a gentle adventure to find another one so they can grow a sunflower for Mummy. Scurry is a lovely older brother who has lots of patience with Scamp. The story shows them doing things together in a brotherly way – a good book to read in homes where sibling rivalry is a problem, perhaps? 
This book is beautifully illustrated by Alison Edgson, with plenty to look at and talk about on every page. The colours are bright and the facial expressions of the mouse family are a joy. My only criticism is that I would have liked a final page showing the stages of growth of Mummy's sunflower and ending with Scurry and Scamp standing proudly beside it when it's in flower. Still, perhaps the book will inspire children to grow their own sunflowers so they can see the real thing…

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