Dandelions (Hardcover)

By Katrina McKelvey, Kirrili Lonergan (Illustrator)

EK Books, 9781921966828, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2015

List Price: 17.99*
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A sunny afternoon goes astray once a little girl notices her father mowing the lawn, in the process destroying her favourite flowers the Dandelions. She tries to stop her father in time, but can not make it; her favourite flowers are all but gone. Thankfully, Father has an idea!

Dandelions with its enchanting illustrations and heart-warming tale, captures the beautiful bond between father and daughter, and is perfect for readers aged 4-9. A story that highlights the resilience of nature, the importance of forgiving and the unending love between a parent and child, this is a book that will be cherished by families for years to come.

About the Author

Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author with over ten years primary school teaching experience. She is highly involved in the Children’s Book Council of Australia, is an advisor and participant in literary conferences and festivals, and enthusiastically spreads her love of reading at regular school visits. 

Kirrili Lonergan is a children’s book illustrator, art therapist and mother of four. She has illustrated several picture books (Lessons of a LAC, Brave, Perfect Petunias, Ollie’s Treasure and Dandelions) as well as creating designs for clothes, prints and pottery. She is passionate about illustrating picture books that have a ‘healing’ message and has a great understanding of the need for such books as a result of her previous work as a paediatric nurse.

Praise For Dandelions

"After a girls father mows her beloved dandelions along with the lawn, the two blow the seeds of dandelion puff balls into the air to create a new generation of blooms." - Publishers Weekly

"The weed common over much of the world is cherished by this child and no doubt many readers, from its golden head to its puffball state, and the illustrations convey that prettily, along with the easy grace between father and daughter. A sweet father-daughter duet." - Kirkus Reviews

"The bond between father and daughter is the basis for this story. A daughter's gift is reminding her father that magic is all around; you just have to follow the little floating parachutes to find it." - Creative Kids Tales