The Power of a Flower

Children - Coming of Age
76 Pages
Reviewed on 05/07/2024
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Author Biography

Hello, I'm Ann Marie Hannon, a practicing Civil Mediator and author of six award-winning books, including the Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) Seal of Excellence in family friendly media.
My most recent MCA award-winning book is "The Power of a Flower," a sensitive story about friendship and the circle of life. I'm excited it also offers a touch of science adventure to whet a youngster's appetite for more learning about "scientific stuff."
It would be terrific to have this "flower" book added to your library and I truly appreciate your consideration.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Shawna L. Thompson for Readers' Favorite

Ann Marie Hannon's The Power of a Flower tells the story of Samantha, a sweet and caring little girl who is always worried about things. One day, Samantha noticed that her little potted plant was not healthy and felt sad. She decided to share her concerns with her wise grandma, who loved to tell Samantha stories. Grandma then shared a heartwarming tale about another little girl and her flower with Samantha. The story follows the journey of a little girl who named her flower Mari-gold with the help of her best friend. They even made up a little song to sing to the plant. However, the flower started to wilt, and the little girl realized she needed to learn how to care for it. She went to the library, researched about pollination, and studied her flowers. She even planted seeds to grow new plants. The little girl learned how to care for her flowers through persistence and hard work.

The Power of a Flower by Ann Marie Hannon reminds us that it's normal for everyone to have worries and that trying to solve them is essential. It's a heartwarming tale of friendship, sharing, and scientific discovery that will inspire and entertain children for years. The story teaches children aged seven through twelve essential friendship, sharing, and kindness lessons. It also provides valuable knowledge on science topics such as pollination and the plant life cycle. This book would be an excellent addition to any home or school library. Ann Marie Hannon has included appealing illustrations of the girls and the little plant to add to the story's charm.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

Ann Marie Hannon's The Power of a Flower is part of her Kids with Worries Series. Samantha is anxious about a wilting flowering plant on her windowsill, and she expresses her concerns to Grandma Annie. After a few interruptions, Grandma Annie shares the story of a seed into maturation, covering the basic needs of a plant. A little girl raises the plant and enjoys the beautiful golden flower. Her best friend names the flower, and everyone adores it all summer. Much like Samantha's flower, the little girl's flower begins to wilt, but she finds something that helps her understand the plant's cycle and what she could do in the future to grow more of the flower she lost.

Ann Marie Hannon's book has a story within a story, delivering a science lesson alongside themes of friendship. Samantha is an enthusiastic child who learns about the power of imagination as her concerns are alleviated. The author provides caregivers with tips to enjoy her work best and supplies a lovely coloring page at the end of the story. The cute and lively illustrations are sure to grab a child's attention. The book could open important conversations about worries and confiding concerns to trusted adults. Readers will learn about pollination and its importance in a plant's life cycle. I read the book to my daughters, and they recognized the song we sing in Girl Scouts about friends. The Power of a Flower is a great selection for children who enjoy stories about friendship and have a touch of science in the pages, or readers who may need a boost to talk about something that makes them anxious.

Ann Marie Hannon

I’m gratified by this wonderful review from Shawna Thompson for Readers Favorites. She captures the essence and theme perfectly. She’s also found it worthy of being added to an elementary school library. Please take a tip from Shawna and and read this book as soon as possible. You’ll be glad you did. Make this good read happen!

Ann Marie Hannon

Thank you for your honest and on point review. It totally captures the themes and focus of my book especially that it would make a great library addition.