This is a variation on the meme started by Rae Longest at Powerful Women Readers. Thank you to Carla from Carla loves to read for wonderful posts encouraging people to share old and new favourite children’s books.
The book I read today is the second story about a little girl called Miyuki. She is a lively child who wants to live her life to the fullest and like many children sometimes lacks patience.
She notices a little flower which is yet to bloom, as if it hasn’t noticed that the spring is already there. Miyuki would like to help it wake up, but it needs the purest water, so Miuki sets off on her quest. The story gets more and more magical as she has to speak to the clouds, the waterfall and the river to get a bucketful of precious water to wake up her little flower.
Miyuki gets a lot of help and the same advice: patience, Miyuki, sometimes you have to wait and appreciate the beauty of the moment which you might miss if you rush around.
I was really impressed by the beauty of the artwork in this book: delicate, sweet, and gentle. Absolutely delightful. The message is philosophical and might be easier to grasp for an older child.
My favourite quote:
Neither flowers nor anyone in the world deserves to be watered by tears.
Title: Patience, Miyuki
Authors: Roxane Marie Galliez,Seng Soun Ratanavanh (illustrations)
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Date: October 1st, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and Princeton Architectural Press for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
- Have you read ‘Patience, Miyuki’ or the previous story in the series ‘Time for bed, Miyuki’?
- How important is the artwork in a children’s book in your opinion?