The first major crop of dandelions blankets the fields and byways of my neighborhood. They remind me of a picture book I illustrated a few years ago.
"The Dandelion's Tale" written by Kevin Sheehan and published by Schwartz & Wade (March 2014) is a story about the unique friendship between a fuzzy old dandelion and a youthful sparrow. The dandelion knows that she has a short time to live and she wants to share her memories with her offspring. The sparrow learns these stories by heart and vows to pass them on.
Below are a few watercolor illustrations from the book.
Friendship is timeless.
|…the sparrow heard the dandelion crying in the meadow|
|The dandelion couldn't survive the terrible storm of the previous night.|
|Later, the sparrow found a happy group of ten new dandelions in the meadow.|