"Blow my breath into the world,
Dreaming mighty dreams to be."

Featuring seven different types of plants, this book first explores them with poetry before giving them characteristics in the second part of the book. The poems are lovely and flowing with beautiful imagery and fantastic structure. On the facing page of each poem is an illustration showing the plant in nature and interacting with humans. For instance, the dandelion is being blown by a girl, and spearmint is seen between human toes. Muted colors add to the soothing and mystical quality of the poems and illustrations. The book then includes a recipe for a tea with six of the plants (which also directs for grown-up help in making it) before continuing to describe each of the plant's gifts, such as that the dandelion connects us with our loved ones from far away and releases us from our worries. These descriptions delve into the magic of nature in a relatable way.

Elementary-aged children will enjoy connecting to the plants and their gifts in this lovely book. From the somber and enchanting illustrations and rhythmically gorgeous poems to the delightfully spiritual qualities of the plants, this book brings new life to the natural world. The soulful and magical quality of the poems will enchant children and adults alike while also connecting them to the world in new ways. Perfect as a bedtime book or as part of a light meditation, children can explore nature through plants they may already know, such as red raspberry, lavender, and dandelions and also enjoy the lovely sketches and magical qualities of the plants.

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