Saturday, October 22, 2011

REVIEW ~ Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure

Tashi and the Tibetan Flower CureTashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure by Naomi C. Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Source: Netgalley

Description from Goodreads: Tashi loves listening to Popola, her grandfather, sing Tibetan chants to the click, click of his prayer beads. She also loves hearing Popola s stories about the village in Tibet where he grew up. But recently Popola has been sick, and Tashi is worried. One of the stories Tashi remembers tells how people in Popola s village use flowers to help themselves recover from illnesses. Will this healing tradition work in the United States, so far from Popola s village? Determined to help Popola get better, Tashi recruits family, friends, and neighbors in a grand effort to find out. Lyrically told and illustrated with impressionistic paintings, Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure shines a tender light on the universal bond between grandchild and grandparent. Readers of all ages are sure to be inspired by the gentle power of this story and its spirit of compassion and community.

My thoughts: I thought this was a beautiful story.

Tashi's popola (grandfather) is sick. He fondly remembers living in Tibet and the healing properties of flowers. He shares his memories with Tashi and she tries to help him heal with flowers.

I loved the affection and love between Tashi and her grandfather. Her desire to help him brings a community closer together.

Books are a great way to help children learn of other cultures and customs.  In the back of the book is information on Tibet and the Tibetan words used in the book.

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