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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Why Dandelions Grow is a children’s picture book written by Nita Marie Clark and illustrated by Kathy Doherty. God knew he had one more thing to do when he was finished creating the world. He thought about it for a while, then he realized exactly what to do -- and it made him smile just to think about it. He created a small black seed that would grow into a glorious yellow flower -- one that everybody would look down upon and call a weed. He made them sturdy and strong so they could grow just about everywhere and need little care. He knew that kids of all ages and sizes would be drawn to their bright colorful shapes and would bring bouquets of them home to their moms. And to make sure the gift was passed from each child on down, he had them turn into enchanting puffballs that, when blown upon, would spread their seeds across the world. And he knew then that he was done. The grandmother in the story remembers those gifts of dandelion bouquets so fondly even though her own kids have long since grown up.
Nita Marie Clark’s Why Dandelions Grow offers a religious viewpoint on the existence of what many consider a weed. I was amused by the realization that many now value the humble if brilliant dandelion for the benefits it provides for honeybees and butterflies -- and that ties in quite neatly with the author’s premise. Kathy Doherty’s brilliant and colorful illustrations tend to go in the same direction; bees and butterflies are to be found on almost every page of this sweet and inspirational homage to God and nature. Why Dandelions Grow is highly recommended.