Title: In Blossom
Author: Yooju Cheon
Published: January 2019
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (Quarto Group Uk)
RRP: $24.99 AUD
I received a copy of In Blossom from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
One day, a cat and dog meet on a bench. The cat eats her lunch. The dog reads his book. But the sun twinkles, the breeze blows, and there’s something sweet in the air…
This is a beautifully illustrated story of the joys of spring and finding a new friend.
I love a good picture storybook, especially one with gorgeous illustrations, and Yooju Cheon’s book is no exception.
The story itself is a simple enough one – two strangers, cat and dog, find themselves sitting on a bench beneath a cherry blossom tree and doing their own thing until one tiny little moment causes a spark of conversation between them.
The colour palette for the illustrations is minimalistic and beautiful, adding to the story in its’ simplicity. Most pages of the book have words to help tell the story, with the exception of a few pages that are all but wordless, inviting the reader to begin to interpret what might happen next and what unspoken information we’re being given.
This is a great story for anyone wanting to talk about friendship or about mindfulness, in a time when both are taken for granted sometimes.
(The teacher in me also sees lots of potential book-and-art related possibilities, too!)
In Blossom is a gorgeous picture book for young readers, all about finding friendship and being aware of the little things around you.